Dublin is famous for its many bridges spanning the Liffey River, and the famous James Joyce Bridge is one of them! It is a gigantic steel bridge, built by a talented Spanish architect: Santiago Calatrava. The Dubliners like to cross it, sometimes even spending more than half an hour to contemplate the city, and listen to the music of local musicians who have come to invest the bridge!
The James Joyce Bridge was installed over the Liffey River on June 16, 2003, the anniversary of Bloomsday, an Irish national holiday where Dubliners pay tribute to James Joyce, the famous Irish writer who wrote the novel Ulysses. On this day, the Dubliners follow the route of the hero of Ulysses, named Bloom, and thus travel all over Dublin following Joyce’s story with accuracy.
Despite this symbolic inauguration day, the bridge was built in homage to the writer, but this time it is dedicated to another work called “The Dead”. This short story takes place at number 15 Usher’s Island in the city of Dublin. This house is more exactly on the south bank of the city, and the Spanish architect, supported by the city council, decided to install the bridge there .
The James Joyce Bridge is located not far from downtown and allows you to cross from the south to the north shore in less than 5 minutes. Impossible to miss, you will be able to reach this bridge on foot or by car, and contemplate the Liffey River stretching beneath your feet. There is little risk of being run over: both pedestrians and vehicles have their own access ramps, without hindering each other.
It’s not uncommon for a few musicians to camp on the bridge for a few hours to let passers-by enjoy their music. The moments are rather pleasant, whatever the period, day or night, but the noise of the cars sometimes harms the magic of the music…