The River Liffey


In my initial explorations of the city, I was struck by how central the River Liffey is to the urban design of Dublin. Stretching from the Wicklow Mountains to the Dublin Bay, the narrow, 80-mile river is crossed by a number of gorgeous bridges, including the O’Connell Bridge, the Ha’Penny Bridge, and Arran Bridge. Standing on the O’Connell Bridge, I was able to see the O’Connell Monument to the north and the Rosie Hackett Bridge to the east, hear the hustle and bustle of Dubliners on the Eden Quay to the north and Aston Quay to the south, and feel the humidity on my skin.

“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs”

James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

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