Cork’s newest bridge, named after well known philanthropist, Dr Tom Cavanagh, will open next month.
The 30th bridge in Cork, the Cavanagh Bridge has been constructed on the grounds of University College Cork, and will open on Wednesday, December 12 at 4.30pm.
Named after Dr Cavanagh, whose name is also on the UCC Pharmacy building, the bridge will offer pedestrian access over the south channel of the River Lee and a new entrance to the campus off the Western Road.
Dr Cavanagh had a successful career in the motor industry and went on to have involvement in financial services, hospitality and other sectors.
He founded his first philanthropic trust in 1987 and has supported many community, sporting and other initiatives in the 30 years since, including developments at UCC.
The new bridge crosses the river from the rear of the Aula Maxima to a green space at Perrotts Inch, approximately halfway between Gaol Cross and the main entrance to UCC.
Along with the bridge, new pathways, trees and landscaping have been included in the project along with a new gated entrance on the Western Road.
The new bridge is positioned to connect the confluence of four pathways in the lower grounds on the South Bank in UCC with two new pathways in Perrotts Inch on the North Bank.
It crosses the river at an angle to provide an easy continuity of east-west pedestrian flow which will cross the river at this point.
The bridge has also been designed and located in such a manner as to minimise its impact on neighbouring properties, with new bicycle parking nearby.
The riverside walk along UCC’s lower grounds has been extended across the bridge along Perrotts Inch to the existing car park close to Gaol Cross.
As well as the new UCC bridge, Cork is set to welcome its 30th bridge in the near future.
The new bridge, to be constructed between Merchants Quay and Harley Street, will aim to provide improved pedestrian and cycle access, with particular benefits for travel between Kent Station and McCurtain Street on the northern side and along Parnell Place, the city centre and bus station on the south side.
Cork City council have called for submissions from the public on what the bridge should be called.
Names already put forward to name the bridge include guitarist Rory Gallegher Bridge, social activist Mother Jones, boxer Jack McAuliffe, aid worker Mary Elmes and dance teacher Joan Denise Moriarty.
The Cork Deaf Club have also submitted an application form to City Hall calling for the new bridge to be called the ISL Bridge, in honour of Irish Sign Language.
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