Iconic photos of St Patrick’s Bridge ahead of formal reopening

Iconic photos of St Patrick’s Bridge ahead of formal reopening
Military funeral of Free State soldiers (killed in action during the Irish Civil War) crosses St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork in August 1922 

ST Patrick’s Bridge in Cork will be formally reopened by Cork City Council next week following a painstaking refurbishment programme.

Military funeral crosses over St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork 08/08/1936 
Military funeral crosses over St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork 08/08/1936 

The iconic bridge has been at the centre of Cork history for countless generations of Leesider.

The trowel that was used to lay the bridge’s original foundation stone 158 years ago will be used to lay the last piece of stonework on the refurbished bridge.

Heavy traffic on St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork 08/08/1936 
Heavy traffic on St. Patrick's Bridge, Cork 08/08/1936 

Bishops John Buckley and Paul Colton will perform a joint blessing of the bridge.

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.

An almost deserted St. Patrick's Bridge during a rainstorm in 1938. 
An almost deserted St. Patrick's Bridge during a rainstorm in 1938. 

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.

Led by Thomas Kent Pipe Band, the remains of Alderman Tadgh Barry are brought across St. Patrick's Bridge. He was shot dead by a sentry at Ballykinlar Camp, Co. Antrim in 1923 
Led by Thomas Kent Pipe Band, the remains of Alderman Tadgh Barry are brought across St. Patrick's Bridge. He was shot dead by a sentry at Ballykinlar Camp, Co. Antrim in 1923 
The bailey bridge heading upstream to its new berth near the Opera House after it had passed under Patrick's Bridge with inches to spare. It was in operation while Christy Ring Bridge was under construction 
The bailey bridge heading upstream to its new berth near the Opera House after it had passed under Patrick's Bridge with inches to spare. It was in operation while Christy Ring Bridge was under construction 

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