BRIAN BORU BRIDGE IN CORK

A STREET PHOTOGRAPHER WHO LIKES DOING STUFF

BRIAN BORU BRIDGE IN CORK CITY

There are two Scherzer rolling lift bascule bridges in Cork and looking at photographs online I have noticed that many people have incorrectly identified the bridges that are featured in their photographs. One bridge is the “Clontarf Bridge” and the other one is the “Brian Boru” bridge.

The Clontarf and Brian Boru bridges are unique in the city’s history, built as they were to accommodate four different forms of transport namely; goods and passenger trains; vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic and finally to lift into an upright position to accommodate the passage of shipping.

Brian Boru Street was built in conjunction with Brian Boru bridge and for a number of years it was simply known as the New Street.

At this junction, great crowds often accompanied famous people, among them political leaders, in procession to or from Kent railway station. In 1903, King Edward 7th and Queen Alexandria passed by here following their visit to the Cork International Exhibition in Fitzgerald Park.

To the north-east lies Harrington Square, where the famous short-story writer Frank O’Connor lived.

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