It’s great to see that essential repairs have finally begun on Lucan Bridge, in recent years some of the capping had come loose and some had disappeared while much of the stone work needed re pointing and the balustrades required repainting. Going to look as good as new for the summer!
Lucan Bridge with a span of 33 metres (110 feet) is the largest single span masonry arch bridge in Ireland. Coursed squared limestone walls, abutments, and segmental arch, quite amazing when you stand beneath it. The cast-iron balustrades was done by the Royal Phoenix ironworks of Parkgate Street, Dublin – completed with a stone coping.
The bridge was designed and built by British architect George Knowles and assisted’ by James Savage in 1814. The bridge replaced an earlier one which was swept away by floods in 1786 part of the footing of the old bridge can still be seen by the weir on the village side of the river.