Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin City Centre
The Ha’penny Bridgeis the best known of Dublin’s bridges, connecting Temple Bar on the South with the shopping districtaround Henry Streeton the North of the river Liffey. Built in 1816, it was the first iron bridge in Ireland and only to be used by pedestrians. The single span structure, curved in shape, with cast iron railings and decorative lamps was originally named the Liffey Bridge. The name was changed to Ha’penny because until 1919 there was a half-penny charge to cross it.
Beforethe Ha’penny Bridgewas built there were seven ferries, operated by a William Walsh, across the Liffey. The ferries were in a bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. Walsh chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a ha’penny toll from anyone crossing it for 100 years.
The bridge was the only pedestrian bridge on the Liffey until the Millennium Bridge was opened further up the river in 2000.
To all couples, please note that in order to prevent further damage it is not allowed anymore to attach padlocks as symbol of your love to the historic bridge.
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