Cork's Shakey Bridge on track to reopen by Easter

Cork's Shakey Bridge on track to reopen by Easter
The removal of a section of Daly’s Bridge at the Mardyke. Restoration work is set to be completed by Easter 2020. Picture Dan Linehan

The restoration of Cork's famous Shakey Bridge is still on track to be completed by Easter.

Works on the landmark bridge, which is officially named Daly's Bridge, began last year.

The first sections of the bridge were removed in September.

Significant progress has been made since then. Replacement cables and stones for the bridge have arrived from Italy. 

Both of the towers have been cleaned and are currently getting their final protective coat of paint.

A spokesperson for Cork City Council said: "We are still on track to reopen around Easter.

"The four replacement cables have arrived from Italy and should be in place tomorrow evening.

"The bridge structure itself was dismantled into four sections and taken to a factory. The refurbishment of these is almost complete.

"In the next while, these four sections of the bridge will be repainted too.

"We hope to have these back on site by the first week of March.

"The two towers that remained were painted and wrapped/encapsulated so no debris gets in. They are currently being restored. 

"Locally on-site, we have been repairing the ramp coming from Fitzgerald Park, and the northside ramp coming from Sunday's Well."

However, the spokesperson said that the finishing touches of the restoration are weather-dependent.

"We should be open by Easter but this depends on the weather. It's subject to everything, there's a lot of different components for this project.

"The weather has been reasonably kind to us so far. It's the last little push now that requires good weather. We need to set down new footpaths and install lighting."

The restoration of the bridge is costing an estimated €1.7 million and is being funded by Cork City Council and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

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