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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)

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2473 W: 12 N: 5792] (20143)
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