1861 – Rory O’More Bridge, Dublin

Architect: George Halpin (Jnr.)

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Opened in 1861, 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. It was the Liffey’s third cast iron bridge and the capital’s first new bridge since the King’s Bridge of 1828. Designed by George Halpin (Junior) with working drawings by J.S. Sloane.

Prior to the bridge been built, an earlier structure named Barrack Bridge stood here. Barrack Bridge was a wooden structure built in 1670, later rebuilt in stone and was 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.

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