SOUTH GATE BRIDGE IN CORK

SOUTH GATE BRIDGE IN CORK

The heads of executed criminals were displayed on spikes on top of the South Gate Prison during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

It is very likely that a bridge has existed on or near the site of the South Gate Bridge since the arrival of the Vikings in Cork between the ninth and tenth centuries. The Vikings settled on the south island in the present-day South Main Street area and on the south bank of the Lee directly across the river. A bridge or ford almost certainly linked the two settlements.
Adjacent South Gate Bridge was the world-famous Beamish and Crawford brewery. This site is now effectively derelict.

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