158 Pats being sought for Patrick's Bridge

158 Pats being sought for Patrick's Bridge
Eva Larkin and Hayden O’Brien students from St Patrick’s Girls School officially launch Cork City Council’s call for 158 people named Patrick or Patricia to come them on the bridge to mark the refurbished St Patrick’s Bridge which is 158 years old. Pic: Clare Keogh

Cork City Council is on the lookout for 158 people called Paddy, Pat, Patricia, Patryk, Pádraig, Paudie, Patricio, PJ, Patsy or Patrice, in the Rebel County.

The council is inviting those with names similar to Patrick to take part in a St Patrick’s weekend photo to celebrate the €1.2 million repair and rehabilitation of Cork’s St Patrick’s Bridge.

The iconic bridge is 158 years old and to celebrate, city hall are seeking 158 people named Patrick or Patricia - in any language - join in on the bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime celebratory shot.

All participants are asked to meet city hall officials at the at the Metropole Hotel at 12.15pm on Saturday March 16.

Young and old are welcome and the first 100 to meet officials at the hotel in advance will get a free St Patrick costume to wear in the picture and take home.

The commemorative picture will be taken at 12.45pm on the bridge.

“We’re really looking forward to ‘158 Cork Paddys’ Event,” said Cork City Centre Co-Ordinator Paul McGuirk.

“It’s going to be brilliant fun and the rest of the country will be green with envy.

“We’re encouraging city centre businesses to join in the celebratory mood by coming up with quirky offers for the Patryks, Patsys and PJs who will be in town,” he added.

“We’ll be using the hashtag #158corkpaddys on social media in advance so join in the fun”.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event can register on Eventbrite from this morning.

A formal bridge opening ceremony will also take place on the bridge at 2pm that Saturday afternoon when a commemorative plaque will be unveiled.

The trowel that was used to lay the bridge’s original foundation stone will also lay the last piece of stonework. Bishops John Buckley and Paul Colton will perform a joint blessing of the bridge.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, elected members and senior management from Transport Infrastructure Ireland, who funded the project in conjunction with Cork City Council, will be in attendance.

As part of the project, Cumnor Construction cleaned, repointed and repaired the stonework on the 19th century heritage bridge.

Specialist repair and restoration work was undertaken on the bridge’s lamp columns and additional damaged lamp columns, that were found in storage, were refurbished and put in place.

The bridge’s footpaths and carriageway surfacing were also replaced and new road markings put in place.

Existing traffic lights, elevation and architectural lighting and signage were all upgraded.

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