Opened in 1859, Rory O’More Bridge is named after one of the ringleaders of a plot to capture Dublin in October 1641. Previously the bridge was known as Queen Victoria Bridge. Prior to the bridge been built, an earlier structure named Barrack Bridge stood here. Barrack Bridge was a wooden structure built in 1674 and the second bridge across the river Liffey.
During its construction, a number of men attempted to destroy it on several occasions because of the financial damage it would cause to ferry owners in the vicinity. Twenty were arrested and taken to Dublin castle. During a transfer to the Bridewell Prison, they were rescued with four dying in the process. Largely because of this Barrack Bridge became known as Bloody Bridge.