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