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Father Mathew Bridge

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Father Mathew Bridge
Droichead an Athar Maitiú
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Four Courts
To:  Bridge Street Lower
Highway Authority
Dublin City
Opening Date
1428 First Bridge (as Dublin Bridge)
1818 (2nd Bridge)
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
Engineer:  George Knowles
On road(s)
Crossings related to the Dublin Inner Orbital Route

Father Mathew Bridge (Irish: Droichead an Athar Maitiú) is a historic three-arch stone bridge in Dublin, built in 1818. It is positioned close to the original crossing point of the Liffey from which Dublin gets its Irish name (Átha Cliath; "hurdled ford"). It was the first formal crossing point of the Liffey, and was often just known as The Bridge or Dublin Bridge. One of the streets it serves is simply called Bridge Street as a result. It was previously formally known as Whitworth Bridge after Charles, Earl of Whitworth, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. It was renamed in 1938 in honour of Father Theobald Mathew, an Apostle of Temperance.

The streets either side of Father Mathew Bridge have proven to be important to the traffic flow of Dublin, forming a key route around the city centre. During the ill-fated Western Tangent project, Father Mathew Bridge would have been dwarfed by a large grade separated junction built immediately to the west, straddling the Liffey. Father Mathew Bridge would then have been relegated to merely providing access to Abbey Street and Cook Street.

This didn't happen, and instead Father Mathew Bridge continues to contribute to the traffic flow around the western side of the city, being part of the anti-clockwise Dublin Inner Orbital Route (many publications also show it being part of the clockwise route, when taking a shortcut up Church Street). The bridge is marked out as S4, but the lanes are narrow, and traffic sometimes struggles to use all four. There are also issues with turning traffic blocking the junctions at each end.

While traffic can turn on to the bridge from The Quays, once on the bridge it must head straight. Traffic trying to join The Quays must use an adjacent bridge.


Father Mathew Bridge
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