Millennium Bridge (Dublin)

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Millennium Bridge

Droichead na Mílaoise
Millennium Bridge Dublin - - 446300 cf8ffad2.jpg
Coordinates53°20′46″N 6°15′54″W / 53.346°N 6.265°W / 53.346; -6.265Coordinates: 53°20′46″N 6°15′54″W / 53.346°N 6.265°W / 53.346; -6.265
CrossesRiver Liffey
MaterialSteel and concrete[1]
Total length51 m (41 m span)[1]
No. of spans1
DesignerHowley Harrington (architects), Price & Myers (engineers)
Constructed byAscon (contractor), Thompson Engineering (steel structure), Banagher Concrete (abutments)

The Millennium Bridge (Irish: Droichead na Mílaoise)[2] is a pedestrian bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, joining Eustace Street in Temple Bar to the north quays.

Installed in December 1999,[1] to commemorate the upcoming millennium, the span was actually prefabricated 80 km from Dublin - in Carlow - as a portal frame structure made up of a slender steel truss and resting on reinforced concrete haunches.[3]

The bridge was designed by Howley Harrington Architects, with Price & Myers as consulting engineers. The concrete base and steel structure for the bridge were provided by two firms from Carlow: Formwork 2000+ and Thompson Engineering respectively.[4][5]

The Millennium Bridge is neighbour to the much older pedestrian Ha'penny Bridge to the east, and Grattan Bridge to the west.


  1. ^ a b c Millennium Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ "Droichead na Mílaoise / Millennium Bridge". Placenames Commission Database. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. ^ Project history of Dublin's River Liffey bridges (PDF). Bridge Engineering 156 Issue BE4 (Report). Phillips & Hamilton. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-12. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  4. ^ "Making history with millennium bridge". The Carlow Nationalist. 28 August 1999. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Celebrating 10 years of Engineering - Bridges" (PDF). 10 years of engineering achievement (exhibition). Dublin City Council. 2011.
River Liffey: Millennium Bridge in front & Grattan Bridge behind.