The Liam Mellows Bridge

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Click on images to see larger versions. Photographs courtesy of Eamon Murphy

Mellows Bridge in Dublin, formerly Queens Bridge, was built between 1764 and 1768 and is Dublins oldest bridge still in use. It was built on the site of an earlier bridge (Arran Bridge) that was erected in 1683.

On May 24th, 1942 it was renamed Mellows bridge in honour of Liam Mellows who was executed on December 8th 1922 and was unveiled by Eamon Martin, former Chief of Staff of Fianna Eireann and Nora Connolly O’Brien (daughter of James Connolly).

It was paid for through donations made by former comrades of Liam in both the Volunteers and Fianna Eireann and it was also supported by the ‘Old Fianna Association’ and the ‘National Graves Association’ (NGA).

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A special Mass was held at Clarendon St. Church for the repose of the souls of Liam and Barney (who died in February, 1942) and was followed by a procession from St. Stephens Green to the bridge. The last post was sounded by a bugler of St. James Band (the band that both Liam and Barney had been prominent members of).

Sarah Mellows was guest of honour at the event to mark her son and his sacrifice. A special word and prayer was also said for Liam’s brother, Barney who had recently passed away.

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