RINGSEND BRIDGE AT BRIDGE STREET [ACROSS THE RIVER DODDER]
The Ringsend Bridge is a bridge over the River Dodder in Dublin. The current bridge was opened to the public in 1812 after the previous structure was destroyed in a flood.
In 1623 Richard Morgan first petitioned Dublin Corporation to build a bridge but this was declined. A bridge was built in 1650 and this lasted until 1739 when it was washed away in a flood.
The new bridge lasted only until 1782 when another flood destroyed the structure. A replacement bridge was begun in 1786 but was destroyed by yet another flood the following year. A forth bridge was built in 1789 but this succumbed to a flood in December 1802 when over 3 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. The same storm also destroyed Ormonde Bridge on the nearby River Liffey. The current structure was begun in 1803 and finally completed in 1812.
In February 2011 a 200-year-old section of quay wall beside the bridge collapsed into the river Dodder yesterday. The collapse of around 40 metres of the wing wall on Fitzwilliam Quay happened early in the morning following high tide on the river.