Dublin’s 21 bridges over the River Liffey reflect a variety of architectural styles and uses. They also highlight Ireland’s fierce nationalistic pride, as many were renamed after Irish figures upon the country’s independence. In this sense, it’s fitting that the penultimate bridge of the river as it flows toward the Irish Sea is visually modeled after a Celtic harp, which is Ireland’s national emblem.
The bridge, which was commissioned in 2009, is the second youngest bridge in Dublin. Like those built before it, it’s named after a great Irish individual. The bridge takes the name of Samuel Beckett, a Dublin native who won a Nobel Prize in literature.
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