The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby lexington » Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:01 pm

This thread is based on an idea put forward by Thomond Park - and I think it's a great one. It would be nice hear to discuss the many pedestrian bridges that traverse the Lee as well as others, such as the so-called 'Pink Link' bridge which crossed the N8 near Glanmire - all our worthy of a mention.

Most notably, bridges such as the wonderful Daly's "Shakey" Bridge and Mardyke Pedestrian Bridge spring to mind - but their are many more from which to discuss. I'll have some images up soon - but all contributions are greatfully received.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby PVC King » Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:22 pm

I think that there is a good thread in this, it came up during Dublin's best bridge poll that Cork should have a similar poll a good idea save that the site hadn't got pictures of all the bridges to do it. This has been somewhat rectified by Radioactiveman's post but not all of Corks bridges have photos posted in one convenient location.

Personally I think that bridges makes a huge contribution to Cities and the way we view our rivers, which to any maritime ford City they can give streetscapes a very positive foundation. Cork has possibly the best collection of pedestrian bridges in the Country.

Has anyone any photos?
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby phatman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:28 pm

Here's the pink one

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and the shakey one...

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Personally Daly's Bridge (the shakey one ;) ) is my favourite, really a touch of class. Should be interesting to see what's produced in the docklands redevelopment, certainly plenty more quayside to fit in another few. Am i imagining things or is there a proposal along Patrick's Quay for a pedestrian bridge?
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:41 pm

In terms of Cork City, the following are the foothbridges I can think of. If I've omitted some, please let me know.

Daly's (Shakey Bridge)
<img src="http://www.corkcorp.ie/tourism/images/shakey_bridge.jpg">

Nano Nagle Bridge
<img src="http://www.irelandphotography.com/cork/0070.jpg">

Mardyke Bridge (Not open yet)
<img src="http://img23.echo.cx/img23/3213/bridge0oy.jpg">

St. Vincents Bridge
<img src="http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/images/survey_specific/fullsize/20500785_1.jpg">

Shandon Bridge
<img src="http://www.mcgnie.ie/Images/CorkBridge2.jpg">

Trinity Bridge (picture isn't great)
<img src="http://www.foundmark.com/ito/Corkcity-Online/tour/pages/images/15c.jpg">
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby PVC King » Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:51 pm

Thanks for those images,

That pink bridge is really cool and is as good any bridge designed in Ireland to my mind, Daly's is an interesting looking structure it has the look of a victorian railway bridge. Why is it called the shaky bridge, is it about to collapse?
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:54 pm

It's called the Shakey Bridge because its fun to jump up and down on it and make the whole structure shake and bounce around on its suspensions. Many a happy summers day has been spent 'up the park' and shaking the shakey bridge on your way home.....ahhh to be 10 years old again!!
As far as I know, it's completely structurally sound.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby bunch » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:10 pm

does anyone know the cost of the Pink Link bridge in Glanmire? - it was built to facilitate approx 4-5 houses - I have yet to see one person use that bridge - what a waste of funds - value for money! btw it looks terrible in my opinion - fussy and a bit twee for a motorway bridge.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:13 pm

In fairness, the land around those 4 or 5 houses is zoned for major housing developments in the near future. Therefore, it is in fact very go0d planning for the future rather than a waste of money.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby d_d_dallas » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:19 pm

I love that pink bridge in Glanmire - when arriving into Cork by road it's the "almost there" landmark.

Nano Nagle and Trinity (as referred to in above post) are prob the worst on offer.

Any images of Hop Island bridge?

Found better image of new Shandon Bridge:


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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby PVC King » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:20 pm

I agree putting in a bridge after the road was built would be chaos, I am not so sure how that could be called twee it is very contemporary to my mind and I think the proportion is good. The fact that CCC went to that much trouble with a flyover bridge says a lot.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby jungle » Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:30 pm

There are a couple of pedestrian bridges withing the grounds of UCC too - one at the Western Road gates and the other linking between Aras na Laoi and Castlewhite. Neither bridge is particularly inspiring. I found a picture of the Western Rd Gate bridge on the web. No luck with a search for Castlewhite.

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There are also a number of pedestrian bridges over the South Ring Road.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby lexington » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:12 pm

jungle wrote:There are a couple of pedestrian bridges withing the grounds of UCC too - one at the Western Road gates and the other linking between Aras na Laoi and Castlewhite. Neither bridge is particularly inspiring. I found a picture of the Western Rd Gate bridge on the web. No luck with a search for Castlewhite.

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Indeed, the College Gates Bridge is a fabulous piece - definitely up on my top list. I love the ornate detail. Oddly, Cork once homed many such bridges - the former North Gate Bridge was a magnificent structure with copper edging, lamp-posts, ornate engravings - the works! It's a pity its predecessor didn't even make an attempt at resembling the former...or even to attempt resembling a bridge!!!

I personally think Shandon Bridge is over-hyped - I admire the timber walkway, and some of the lighting is most pleasant, but it gets a lot of talk. The Wain Morehead design was far more unusual.

As for the 'Pink Link' - its a love/hate kind of structure. You can look at it from an economists perspective and get a heart-attack, or an architectural perspective - and well, make of it what you will. It's an open debate.

And yes, there are plans for a Merchants Quay/Patrick's Quay pedestrian bridge - but its a few years off yet, at least.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:29 pm

Lex, I'd agree with you on Shandon Bridge- it's quiet plain. In saying that, its not totally without its positives.
Mardyke bridge is a much fancier design and looks good. Viewed from Fitzgerald's Park it looks amazing right now, nestled between the leafy banks of the river.
The Mardyke Bridge has been in place for months now. The contractors have done their Job. It is now up to Cork City Council to make good the paths leading to it from both sides. As usual, the wasters at CCC are letting us down badly. The 'pathways' are a hive of inactivity!!
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby bunch » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:57 pm

re the pink link - i have no idea how much it cost but I expect that it would be quite significant - and btw - the land around those 4-5 houses is not zoned for development - residential or otherwise it is A1 Greenbelt Land- the Main Cork Dublin Road will act as the development boundary for Glanmire to the north-east.

Also, i mentioned that i thought it was twee because of the confusion between the simple cable tie structure and the silly stone-effect cladding and olde-world lighting posts - in fairness its a matter of taste but i would personally have preferred a contemporary structure instead of a half modernish half -old fashioned 'effort'
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby GrahamH » Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:46 pm

The Shandon Bridge is very elegant - graceful.

The Trinity Bridge isn't :)

The nice thing about Cork is that it can provide prefect settings for bridges, with picturesque curves, overhanging trees etc.
Daly's Bridge looks especially well in that context, and is great in its own right - definitely a favourite.

Agreed about the Pink Link (why so called?) - the cladding is very naff. Looks like the walls of an 80's public toliet in a 'heritage town' :)
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby PVC King » Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:57 pm

Graham Hickey wrote:Agreed about the Pink Link (why so called?) - the cladding is very naff. Looks like the walls of an 80's public toliet in a 'heritage town' :)


Could be worse it could be magnolia ;)

What do you think of the form?
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby GrahamH » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:05 pm

I like how it stands out on the landscape - makes a very definite, powerful statement.

But the roadway is so thick it looks like it doesn't even need suspension. Were the pylons and cables added for decoration?!
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby PVC King » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:15 pm

I see your point in relation to a simpler bridge being possible, I'm happy they put the extra cash into it in that it has created a landmark and the form is attractive.

The other gem is the wide bridge with the the cast iron rails in UCC, the house behind it is fantastic I have now seen my Cork residence when I win Euro millions.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby GrahamH » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:20 pm

Sure buy the bridge as well - keep the peasants well away :)
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby phatman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:11 pm

Radioactiveman wrote:...Shandon Bridge- it's quiet plain. In saying that, its not totally without its positives.
Mardyke bridge is a much fancier design and looks good. Viewed from Fitzgerald's Park it looks amazing right now, nestled between the leafy banks of the river.


Mardyke Bridge may be fancy, but does it really fit in with the surrounds? I certainly admire it's flair, but im not sure it's totally suited to that stretch of river. Maybe i'll be proven wrong, i guess ill have to wait till we all get the chance to walk over it before judging. As for Shandon Bridge, on the whole im impressed, though the finishing on the coal quay side leaves alot to be desired- whats up with that crappy perspex screen, and mock cobble stones?! surely a better job could have been done here eh
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby corcaighboy » Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:34 am

Hey Phatman, thanks for posting the photos. But I thought the Nano Nagle Bridge was the pedestrian bridge over the South Link Road (as you approach the Eglinton Street). That bridge has a gas supply pipe from the gasworks as well I believe. Think it was built when they first opened the south link road back in '84 or so. Always looked a bit out ill at ease in my opinion given the mish mash of developments underneath and the old railway yard wall support structures.
The one you refer to as Nano Nagle Bridge in the photo above...that is the one linking the south mall to Sullivan's Quay, right?
Another bridge in Cork worth noting is the one linking the mainland to Mizen Head.
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby phatman » Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:17 am

corcaighboy wrote:Hey Phatman, thanks for posting the photos. But I thought the Nano Nagle Bridge was the pedestrian bridge over the South Link Road (as you approach the Eglinton Street). That bridge has a gas supply pipe from the gasworks as well I believe. Think it was built when they first opened the south link road back in '84 or so. Always looked a bit out ill at ease in my opinion given the mish mash of developments underneath and the old railway yard wall support structures.
The one you refer to as Nano Nagle Bridge in the photo above...that is the one linking the south mall to Sullivan's Quay, right?
Another bridge in Cork worth noting is the one linking the mainland to Mizen Head.


Im pretty sure the Nano Nagle bridge is the one at the end of the Grand Parade, not positive though. Had a look around for a pic of the South Link bridge, can't find one as yet, will post one if i do. In the meantime, here's another one of what i think is the Nano Nagle, and one of the Mizen Bridge, an impressive one alright.

Nano Nagle...

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Mizen Head...

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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Thu Jun 02, 2005 11:42 am

Nano Nagle bridge links the Grand Parade to Sullivan's Quay. No doubt about it.
Don't know what the south link bridge is called.
There's also the foothbridge over the road to the tunnel down in Mahon. No picture as yet.
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Postby lexington » Mon Nov 28, 2005 3:22 pm

This is actually a very good thread - must seek out some images of the pedestrian bridge linking Jewstown to the Old Blackrock Road area over the South City Link - an interesting rendition of early 80s bridge design. If anyone has some images already, that would be great! ;)
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Re: The Pedestrian Bridges of Cork

Postby Radioactiveman » Tue Nov 29, 2005 2:26 pm

Since this thread has been resurrected, I might as well contribute :)
I've been told that CCC plan to officially open (for real this time!!!) the new Mardyke Bridge on 22nd December.
Work is flying ahead with the installation of barriers and a pathway from Wise's Quay (near St. Vincent's pedestrain bridge). This will lead the pedestrain through UCC grounds at Distillery Field, along by the river and across the Mardyke Bridge to a point close to UCC, Western Road gates.

<img src="http://img23.echo.cx/img23/3213/bridge0oy.jpg">
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