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Shakey times for dalys bridge

Thursday, 11th July, 2013 3:00am

Concern has been raised over the status and appearance of the Shakey Bridge but officials have insisted the area is maintained regularly.

Two motions on the bridge were brought by Fine Gael Cllr Joe O'Callaghan and Labour Cllr Michael O'Connell in order to maintain the area as an important gateway for tourists walking from the City Gaol to Fitzgerald's Park.

“There is severe corrosion on the bridge that shakes,” said Mr O'Callaghan.

“It was assessed in 2012 but I can't understand why it does not get more attention. The only other bridge has more love and care lavished on it is the Ha'Penny Bridge in Dublin. We need to put more pressure to have the same amount of care and attention on our Shakey Bridge. Sometimes it feels that parts of Sunday's Well are just forgotten about at times.”

A directors report on the issue, and the issue of a new paint job, stated that Daly's Bridge, as it is officially known, was inspected in 2012 as part of the non-national bridge inspections.

“Subsequent to these inspections, funding was obtained to carry out works on a number of bridges that were found to be in the worst condition but Daly's Bridge did not fall into that category,” said the director's report.

“The inspection report on Daly Bridge highlighted that there is corrosion to the steel latticework and that repainting is required. Cork City Council will continue to seek funding from the Department of Transport to carry out work on Daly's Bridge and other bridges which did not get funding in 2013."

The Shakey Bridge was built in 1926  and  opened in 1927 and is the only suspension bridge in Cork city - it joins Sunday's Well Road on the northside to Fitzgerald's  Park  on the southside.

“It is certainly iconic,” said Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy.

“It is the only suspension bridge in the city and designed by our own city engineer. It is unique in its cultural imagery and was funded by John Daly, a butter merchant who wanted to increase pedestrian traffic to rugby matches. The avenue needs to be painted and maybe the care of the bridge should be incorporated into the redevelopment of Fitzgerald's Park.”

The bridge is constructed primarily of  wrought iron, the bridge spans 160 feet, and the timber planked walkway is four and a half feet wide.  

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