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McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock

Posted by Michael Slevin 
McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
14 December, 2008 22:21
Folks,
Following a query to the Dublin Branch, I might draw your attention to a leaflet on the McMahon Bridge, the bridge at the end of Pearse St. Dublin. The leaflet is at http://www.dublincity.ie/RoadsandTraffic/MajorTransportProjects/Documents/English_DL_Leaflet1_(2).pdf. It contains an old photo of an earlier bridge (the 2nd page) shown below: (email users, click on the forum link above)

The 1st bridge was a wooden drawbridge (bascule bridge) built 1791
The 2nd bridge was put in place in 1857 and named the Victoria bridge.
A 3rd swivel bridge (Victoria Bridge) in 1900
a 4th (bascule/drawbridge) bridge named McMahon bridge in 1960
and the 5th, a fixed bridge opened this year, also McMahon bridge.

The photo shown in the PDF linked above claims to be of the 2nd bridge, but the text would indicate its of the 3rd bridge (i.e. the swivel bridge with the tram tracks).

A photo (courtesy of Alan Tomlin) of the 4th bridge in the open position can be found at http://dublin.iwai.ie/images/OldCanalPhotos/slides/ice_in_basin_2_McMahon_Bridge_open.html and shown below (incidently with much ice in the basin!)


My question, is ... does anyone out there have any photos or is anyone aware of any pictures/drawings/photos of any of the earlier bridges. Any information appreciated.
Michael
PS - do not send photos to the email list !



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 16/12/2008 07:30 by Michael Slevin.
Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
15 December, 2008 11:37
> and the 5th fixed bridge opened this year, also McMahon bridge.
>
>
Opened, but doesn't open :-S
Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
15 December, 2008 16:25
It would appear that you are correct Michael, it must be the 1900 bridge.
The presence of barrels on and tarmac laid over the tram lines, suggest that
the photo was taken after the cessation of tram services in the 50's. The
advertising billboards visible in the backround also suggest that we were
well into the 20th century.

M(W&W)F
Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
16 December, 2008 07:38
Looking closely at the photo in the PDF, one can make out a Texaco sign just behind the bridge on the right - site of a recently closed station, so the 1950s it appears to be. There also appears to be a lorry just over the bridge on the left.
Again, any older photos, scans etc. appreciated to pics[at]iwai.ie
Michael
Re: Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
16 December, 2008 11:14
Wasn't it CalTex back then ?

IWAI forum Michael Slevin wrote:
> Posted at: [www.iwai.ie]
> Michael Slevin wrote:
>
> Looking closely at the photo in the PDF, one can make out a Texaco sign just behind the bridge on the right - site of a recently closed station, so the 1950s it appears to
RE: Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
16 December, 2008 17:07
It was Texaco in the early '50s became Caltex and then reverted.
David Beattie
Schollevaer
Re: Re: McMahon Bridge Dublin Grand Canal Dock
16 December, 2008 22:31
Ahh, okies. I sit corrected ;-)

David Beattie wrote:
> It was Texaco in the early '50s became Caltex and then reverted.
> David Beattie
> Schollevaer
>
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