May 20, 2014
A dedication ceremony was held for a single-span bridge in Dublin, Ireland. This structure — measuring 157 feet (48 meters) in length and 85 feet (26 meters) in width — crosses the River Liffey and serves as a link between Marlborough and Hawkins Streets in Ireland’s capital city. The bridge is used exclusively by bicyclists; pedestrians; taxis; and such public transportation services as Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, and the tram/light rail system Luas.
This structure was named after Rosie Hackett (1893-1976), a lifelong Dublin resident and prominent trade union leader. Hackett’s nephew John Gray was among those on hand for the dedication of the bridge bearing her name. Others attending that ceremony included Oisín Quinn, lord mayor of Dublin; Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s minister for transport, tourism, and sport; and Sabina Higgins, the wife of Irish president Michael D. Higgins. The Rosie Hackett Bridge was opened to traffic the following day.
Photo Credit: William Murphy (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en)
For more information on the Rosie Hackett Bridge, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_Hackett_Bridge