A new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Lee has been opened in Cork, dedicated to a woman who helped save the lives of more than 400 Jewish children and adults in France during World War Two.

The Mary Elmes Bridge was named after a public vote, to honour a woman who has been described as an Irish Oskar Schindler .

Charlotte Berger-Greneche is 82 and from Paris. Patrick Danjou is 71 and from Perpignan. Both have travelled to Cork for a very special occasion.

Charlotte Berger-Greneche and Patrick Danjou

Charlotte was aged four when she and her mother were separated 1942. Charlotte's mother died in Auschwitz, but Charlotte was among hundreds of children whose lives were saved when they were spirited to safe houses in the South of France by Mary Elmes and other volunteers.

Patrick Danjou is Mary Elmes' son.

Mary Elmes was born in Cork in 1908. She studies at Trinity College and at the London School of Economics, before volunteering as an aid worker in the Spanish Civil War and later in France during World War Two, where she's credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Jewish children and adults.
This afternoon, her son Patrick Danjou took his first steps on the bridge dedicated to his mother.

The Mary Elmes bridge was officially opened this afternoon. It cost €5 million and will be used by up to 11,000 people every day. 

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