Mary Elmes Bridge officially opens in Cork, Ireland

The Mary Elmes bridge, a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Merchants Quay and St Patrick's bridge has been officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork. The €5 million bridge is projected to be used by up to 11,000 people each day and is already proving a popular crossing over the River Lee in central Cork. 

Lord Mayor, Cllr John Sheehan said: " We must remember today that was the ordinary people of Cork who decided to name this bridge after Mary Elmes. The general public and the City's Elected Members chose to honour Mary Elmes' unstinting courage, her values and her deep humanity. Already, the naming of this bridge after Mary has helped to spread the story of Mary Elmes in Cork and in Ireland, and that in itself is a wonderful achievement"

WilkinsonEyre Associate Director, Simon Roberts said: " We are delighted to have designed a bridge that has been so well recieved by both locals and visitors to Cork. The seating on the bridge has been a great sucess in terms of getting people to  use the bridge as a public amenity, rather than just a crossing"