This bridge was named after the famous Irish writer Samuel Beckett and designed by the internationally famous Spanish architect, sculpter and engineer, Santiago Calatrava. This is his second bridge to be built in Dublin as he also designed ‘The James Joyce Bridge’ further upstream. It has 4 traffic and 2 pedestrian lanes and is capable of rotating 90 degrees to allow ships to pass through. The shape of its spar and cables are said to evoke an image of an Irish harp lying on it’s edge. It was constructed in Rotterdam by Hollandia (who also made the London Eye) and was shipped to Dublin on the 3rd May 2009. It officially opened on the 10th December 2009 at a cost of €60 million.

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