Pictured here is the Heuston Bridge in central Dublin, which is commonly known among older Dubliners as the Kings Bridge with many people still referring to it as such. It connects the north and south sides of the city across the River Liffey, and is right beside Heuston Station, one of Dublin's main intercity railway stations.
It was built in 1821 to commemorate a visit by King George VI of England to the designs of George Papworth. When it opened, it carried horse drawn carriages and pedestrians. The bridge is cast iron and the iron work for it was completed at the Royal Phoenix ironworks in Parkgate street, only a minutes walk away.
As with many places in Dublin that were renamed after the country gained independence, this bridge changed name in 1923 to Sarsfield Bridge, after Patrick Sarsfield. 1941 saw it change name again to Heuston Bridge in honor of Sean Heuston, a figure from the 1916 Easter rising who was executed for his role. Its formal name today is Heuston Bridge but many people will give you a blank look if you use that name, and still call it Kings Bridge.
In 2003, Dublin saw the introduction of the Luas tram system (Luas is the Irish word for speed), and the bridge was restored to allow the trams to cross the river here. Today, the horse and carriages are long gone, and the vehicles that cross it now are powered by electricity instead of oats. You can see one of the cities trams here in the shot crossing from the north to the south side. (right to left)
Thanks for looking!
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danos (83833) 2014-05-03 9:53
nice the view of the passing by train from the old bridge made in 1821,the year of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman empire.I like the cymmetry of the scene,the suberb contrast of the colours as the excellent presentation.
Have a good WE,Danos
Indrasish (2833) 2014-05-03 10:53
Wonderful shot here.. I like the combination of BW and color version.. Also I like the framing and perspective..
Superb image quality and nice presentation too.. We have also metro rails in our Kolkata.. But there is no permission for taking photos.. Very well done.. And thanks for your informative note..
Good night and best wishes from Kolkata, India..
photoray (10645) 2014-05-03 12:13
I am attracted to both the long arch span bridge and the modern electric train zipping across. Having worked on train bridge projects for California, I am always interested in the diversity of styles and uses.
Thanks for sharing,
nikkitta (13668) 2014-05-03 12:38
Like and enjoy the capture in grey shades with the incoming train in color
Good to wait and take it at the moment it was arriving at the date of the King visit
Very original, full of mouvement,shot
Congrats, regards and enjoy WE
batalay (34889) 2014-05-03 12:46
Your photo and note are again useful in introducing the us to Dublin. The slender and graceful bridge is prominently identified in its creation as 1821. One quick suggestion, however, In the second paragraph I believe you mean "George IV" and not "George VI."
Warm regards and have a good Sunday,
lousat (73219) 2014-05-03 15:06
Hi Noel,very nice idea this work in PP,to show us only the colors of the tram,so rich and different,in a black and white scenery,there is something to learn in your gallery,a lot of original ideas and this is another beautiful example,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (28815) 2014-05-03 15:24
di solito non mi piacciono questi lavori in pp, troppo spesso sono forzature, come le rose rosse o i girasoli gialli, in questo caso il tram ha dei colori molto tenui e si adattano bene al resto dello scenario in b&w.
Ci sono solo le piccole linee arancio a sottolineare la differenza con il resto.
A essere pignoli, ci dovevano essere anche le finestre in b&w, perchè in questo modo si vedono gli alberi verdi dall'altra parte dei finestrini.
Hai fatto comunque un bellissimo lavoro, accompagnato da una bella nota, come sempre, si legge e si impara.
emka (74237) 2014-05-03 23:49
Hello Noel, I do not remember which was this Kings bridge, I remember rather Half penny of this Samuel Becket bridge. More turistic. Nice photo looking like partly desaturated and colours remaining in tram.
Is the water in Liffey always so high? Or it was threatening flood a few years ago?
Have a sunny Sunday
snunney (79997) 2014-05-04 3:58
The partial desaturation works extremely well here. I like the point of view and the symmetrical framing. Informative note as always from you. I am not sure whether it is a Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland, but all the best.
marabu61 (7601) 2014-05-04 5:45
Great use of the color key technique here. The modern tram in its purple color looks quite futuristic on this old bridge. As usual your note is top and very informative too.
have a great day
abmdsudi (40604) 2014-05-04 7:53
An everyday scene and glimpses into street life in selective vibrant colouring as metro train pops up catching the eyes complementing the historic bridge. Clarity, detail and exposure are seamless, an ordinary situation making it sing nicely. Excellent, TFS.
tyro (19082) 2014-05-04 14:52
An interesting note (as always) and a fine photograph too. But who's been a clever boy with Photoshop, eh? All that selective desaturation stuff so that we see the tram in full colour while the rest of the image is monochrome - yep, very clever indeed!
Actually, I think it works rather well here, the "modern" colourful tramcars contrasting well against the "ancient" monochrome bridge they are travelling across. And you've done it very well too - no mistakes at all as far as I can tell!
COSTANTINO (52268) 2014-05-04 22:19
Good morning my dear friend
just a postcard showing the development
of architecture and transport
I am always interested in arches and bridges
superb image quality
have a nice time
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-05-05 7:54
I like your image of the old with the new, 1821 bridge and Modern transport, who would think when they built this bridge all those years ago, that one day modern Trams would ferry people over it.
Like in B@W, and the Tram in colour, well thought out and managed.
mesutilgim (80900) 2014-05-05 8:39
Hello dear Noel,
Very nice this compo in b&w and color.
Very good layout and symmetry. Interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
rogerl (1544) 2014-05-06 6:47
Noel, nice capture even before the PS magic. It looks like a lovely bridge. You did a great job isolating the train and monochroming the rest. Thanks.
mirosu (12686) 2014-05-11 5:14
Excellent combination of nature, architecture and engineering. Perfect capture of the bridge with tram in excellent moment.
The use of selective colour is a real stand out.
Very well done.
delpeoples (52767) 2014-05-15 4:28
Oh I remember crossing this bridge, but have forgotten how beautiful and intricate its decorations are. You have shown them superbly. And I like your choice to partially de-saturate it. The reflections are nice and glassy too, but the most notable thing for me is how you managed the sky, which was no doubt a difficult one. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a happy Thursday.
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (21688)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-01-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 8:42