THE SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE LOOKS LIKE A HARP
One day I was on the LUAS tram and a German Woman asked a few people how to get to the Harp Bridge and all thought that she was trying to get to Guinness. I suddenly realised that she was seeking the Samuel Beckett Bridge which does look like a harp laying on its side.
Architect Santiago Calatrava, was the lead designer of the Samuel Beckett Bridge. He was assisted with the civil and structural aspects of the design by Roughan & O’Donovan consulting engineers.
This was the second bridge in the area designed by Calatrava, the first being the James Joyce Bridge, which is further upstream.
The bridge, which cost €60 million,is named for Irish writer Samuel Beckett, was officially opened to pedestrians on 10 December 2009 by Dublin Lord Mayor, Emer Costello and to road traffic at 7 am the following day.