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Dublin’s Maritime Gateway Beckons

The Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City’s newest bridge, is due to span the maritime gateway to Dublin in 2008.

Beckett Bridge, near Macken Street in the Dublin Docklands, will have four traffic lanes with cycle tracks and footpaths on either side of the bridge, while being capable of opening to accommodate maritime traffic.

This landmark structure, of unique character, will have a curved profile leaning northwards resulting in a dramatic shape giving the appearance of a harp lying on it’s side.

Designed by the internationally acclaimed Santiago Calatrava Valls, who also designed the James Joyce Bridge, Beckett Bridge will be constructed by Graham Hollandia Joint Venture. Graham Construction have carried out a number of major projects including Taney Bridge in Dundrum while Hollandia have completed a number of high profile works including London Eye.

The total cost of the project is estimated at €47 million, which will also include a major upgrade of the approach roads. With onsite construction starting within weeks it is estimated the project will be due for completion in September 2008.

In celebrating Beckett’s centenary year, Mr. John O’Donoghue T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, welcomed the decision by Dublin City Council to name the new Calatrava-designed bridge after Dublin’s own Samuel Beckett. Now Dublin has the privilege of acknowledging and honouring yet another one of the immortals of world literature.

For further information please telephone Dublin City Council’s Press Office at 2222170 or 086 8150010 or email

Notes to Editors

The bridge will be a cable-stayed, steel box girder structure with a span of 120 metres between north and south quay walls. An asymmetric shape will be provided through the positioning of the pylon outside the navigation channel at a point approximately 28 metres from the south quay.


The steel cable-stay pylon will have a curved profile leaning northward to a point 46 metres above water level and as a result of this dramatic shape the bridge will have the appearance of a harp lying on it’s side.

Beckett Bridge will be capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees, which will accommodate marine traffic to the section of the river upstream of the proposed bridge site. This will be achieved through a rotational mechanism housed in the base of the pylon.

The central axis of the bridge is aligned with Guild Street on the northern side of the River Liffey and it will cross the river at right angles to connect with Sir John Rogerson’s Quay at a location approximately 70 meters west of Cardiff Lane.

Environmental improvement works will be carried out in conjunction with the bridgeworks on Macken Street, Cardiff Lane, Guild Street and Seville Place.

The project is being funded by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and from Dublin City Council’s own resources

So an official completion date has been announced

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