Process begins to pick the name of Cork's next bridge

Process begins to pick the name of Cork's next bridge
A computer-generated view of the Harley Street bridge that will cross from Merchant's Quay to Patrick's Quay.

A PUBLIC consultation on the naming of Cork City centre's newest Bridge is to begin in the coming weeks.

The currently unnamed Harley Street bridge is due to be completed in April 2019. Construction work started in July.

The €5 million pedestrian and cycle bridge will connect Merchant's Quay to the MacCurtain Street area and is expected to be used by approximately 11,000 people every day once finished.

The bridge itself is being fabricated off site and will be transported to the city centre early next year for installation.

There have been a number of proposals with regards to the naming of the structure, with some urging City Hall to use the opportunity to reflect the city's literary icons, such as Frank O'Connor or Sean O Faolain. Others have called for the bridge to be named after a woman, noting that just one of Cork city's bridges - Nano Nagle Bridge - is named after a female icon.

A report presented to Cork City Council last night noted that a formal process for naming the bridge is already underway.

A public notice to submit nominations will be issued in 'quarter 4, 2018', the report noted.

"Nominations should honor and celebrate an event or person or group/organisation of major significance that reflects positively on the city of Cork or its evolution or reflect significant local features/geographical location," the report added.

These nominations would be reviewed by a committee, including the city archeologist and the Council's heritage officer before a final shortlist is put back out to public consultation for further comment.

A final decision would then be made by members of Cork City Council early next year.

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