The new Samuel Beckett bridge has successfully arrived on the River Liffey from Holland. The bridge was transported by barge across the English Channel and the Irish Sea before arriving at Dublin Port.
Measuring 120 metres long and 48 metres high, it was carried up the Liffey by barge to be moored on the South Quays while works continue. The bridge will link Sir John Rogerson's Quay on the south side of the River Liffey to the North Wall Dock and is due to open next year.
Michael Phillips Dublin City Engineer describes the challenge of floating the bridge up the river.
Many onlookers turned out to catch a first glimpse of the latest Liffey bridge. They were very impressed by what they saw and are looking forward to eventually crossing it.
It looks spectacular.
Samuel Beckett Bridge was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the James Joyce Bridge.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 May 2009. The reporter is Philip Bromwell.