Ringsend Bridge

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Ringsend Bridge
Ringsend Bridge from the south bank of the Dodder looking upstream
Ringsend Bridge from the south bank of the Dodder looking upstream
Crosses River Dodder
Maintained by Dublin City Council
Material Wicklow granite
Total length ~23.77m
Width ~8.22m
Number of spans 1
Construction begin 1803
Construction end 1812[1]
Preceded by 1st Ringsend Bridge (1650 - 1739)[2]
2nd Ringsend Bridge (1739 - 1782)
3rd Ringsend Bridge (1786 - 1787 - incomplete)
4th Ringsend Bridge (1789 - 1802)
Coordinates 53°20′30″N 6°13′44″W / 53.341724°N 6.228857°W / 53.341724; -6.228857Coordinates: 53°20′30″N 6°13′44″W / 53.341724°N 6.228857°W / 53.341724; -6.228857

The Ringsend Bridge is a bridge over the River Dodder in Dublin. The current bridge was opened in 1812[1] after the previous structure was destroyed in a flood. The bridge is part of the R802 regional road and is part of Bridge Street.

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In 1623 Richard Morgan first petitioned Dublin Corporation to build a bridge but this was declined. A bridge was built in 1650 and this lasted until 1739 when it was washed away in a flood, mentioned in the Pembroke Estate Papers.

The new bridge lasted only until 1782 when another flood destroyed the structure. A replacement bridge was begun in 1786 but was destroyed by yet another flood the following year. A forth bridge was built in 1789 but this succumbed to a flood in December 1802 when over 3 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. The same storm also destroyed Ormonde Bridge on the nearby River Liffey. The current structure was begun in 1803 and finally completed in 1812.

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