The Ha’penny bridge was built in 1816 to cross the River Liffey and is one of the oldest cast iron bridges in the World. It’s original name was ‘The Wellington Bridge’ (after the Duke of Wellington) and was then known later for a time as ‘The Penny Ha’penny Bridge’, however ‘The Liffey Bridge’ remains it’s official name to this day even though it is still commonly called ‘The Ha’penny Bridge’ – confused yet? Before this bridge was built there were 7 ferries operating across the river owned by William Nash. The ferries were in a bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. He chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a half a penny toll from anyone using it for 100 years using turnstiles at each end. A condition of construction was that, if the citizens of Dublin found the bridge and toll to be “objectionable” within the 1st year of operation, it was to be removed at no cost to the city. The toll was increased for a time to a penny ha’penny (one and a half pence), but this was eventually dropped in 1919. The bridge was closed for repair between 2001 and 2003 and was re opened sporting its original white colour and as many of it’s original components as possible.

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