Originally known as The Carlisle Bridge (after Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland ), this landmark of Dublin was built in 1796 and rebuilt in 1880 by the Dublin Port and Docks Board, when it was renamed O'Connell Bridge, in honour of Daniel O'Connell (His statue is a few metres away on O'Connell Street)
The 3 spanned granite and Portland stone bridge is recognised as being as wider (50 metres) than its length (45 metres) It was widened to match O'Connell Street, one of the broadest thoroughfares in Europe.
From O'Connell Street, the bridge transports pedestrians and motorists across the River Liffey to the South Quays.
Many people hurry along, missing the stone crests and figures that decorate the outer walls.
Also, there is usually at least one beggar, sitting quietly holding out a plastic cup in anticipation of a few coins.
O'Connell Bridge, the very centre of Dublin.
A useless fact about the bridge is that it's wider than it is long. It was rebuilt in 1863 to the structure that you see today and was first called the Carlisle bridge.
Sometimes you will come across a few beggars on the bridge or som guy selling t-shirts.
In fact there are a couple of webcams overlooking the bridge, so look up, smile & wave! :)
You surely will cross the Liffey via this bridge during your stay. It´s an important bridge for traffic. Dublin´s green busses are seen here a lot!