Rory O'More Bridge

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Rory O'More Bridge
Droichead Ruaraí Uí Mhóra
View of Rory O'More Bridge from Frank Sherwin Bridge
View of Rory O'More Bridge from Frank Sherwin Bridge
Coordinates 53°20′48″N 6°17′02″W / 53.3467°N 6.284°W / 53.3467; -6.284Coordinates: 53°20′48″N 6°17′02″W / 53.3467°N 6.284°W / 53.3467; -6.284
Crosses River Liffey
Locale Dublin
Preceded by First 1670: Bloody Bridge
Rebuilt 1675: Barrack Bridge
Rebuilt 1859: Victoria & Albert Bridge
Renamed 1930s: Rory O'More Bridge
Design Arch bridge (iron)
Material Cast iron (arch), wrought iron (deck), granite (abutments)
Total length 29m
Width 10m
No. of spans 1
Designer George Halpin
Opened 1863

Rory O'More Bridge (Irish: Droichead Ruaraí Uí Mhóra)[1] is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland and joining Watling Street (by the Guinness grounds) to Ellis Street and the north quays.

The original wooden bridge on this site, built in 1670, was officially named Barrack Bridge. However, it became known locally as Bloody Bridge, following several deaths resulting from violence after the arrest of ferrymen who attempted to destroy the bridge (in an ill-fated attempt to protect their livelihoods).[2]

The timber bridge was replaced by a stone bridge in 1704, which was replaced in turn by the present day structure.[3]

Designed by George Halpin, the bridge was fabricated at the foundry of Robert Daglish in St Helens, Lancashire, from cast iron (with a wrought iron deck) and is supported on granite abutments.[3] The bridge was completed in 1859 and opened as the Victoria & Albert Bridge (or the Queen Victoria Bridge).[4]

The bridge was renamed in the 1930s for Rory O'More, one of the key figures from the plot to capture Dublin as part of the Irish Rebellion of 1641.[5]


  1. ^ "Droichead Ruaraí Uí Mhóra". Database of Placenames' Commission. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rory O'More Bridge". Dublin bridges. Archiseek. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Project history of Dublin's River Liffey bridges (PDF). Bridge Engineering 156 Issue BE4 (Report). Phillips & Hamilton. 
  4. ^ Rory O'More Bridge at Structurae
  5. ^ "Gallery - Rory O'More Bridge". Bridges of Dublin. Dublin City Council. Retrieved 5 December 2016.