Dublin's main traffic bridge in the city centre is O'Connell Bridge. It is 45m long and 47m wide.
It is common believe that the bridge is a square shape but that's not quite true.
Another fun fact about O'Connell Bridge is that a pair of pranksters installed a random plaque dedicated to Father Pat Noise on the bridge which remained unnoticed for 2 years. It is still there now. Go look for it the next time you're crossing the bridge.
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A história da Ha’penny Bridge,
Tá vendo essa ponte atrás de mim com inúmeras pessoas cruzando em um dia lindo de céu azul em Dublin? Pois é, ela é a ponte mais conhecida de Dublin e é claro que ela tem uma história por trás do seu nome.
A Irlanda tem sido habitada há pelo menos 9000 anos e eu não canso de pensar o quanto de história cada cantinho da cidade tem. Já teve era medieval, celtas, vikings, revoluções, invasões, guerras. E hoje conto pra vocês a história da primeira passagem de pedestres de Dublin, a famosa Ha’penny Bridge.
Inicialmente era chamada de Wellington Bridge (inclusive é o nome de uma das ruas que ela cruza) e foi construída em 1816. É considerada a primeira estrutura feita para pedestres atravessarem de um lado para outro, antes disso só era possível fazer isso por meio de 7 balsas.
Quando foi construída, os moradores puderam cruzar a ponte gratuitamente por 10 dias. Após isso, era necessário pagar half penny para atravessar. E por conta disso os povo começou a chamar a ponte de “Ha’penny”. Em 1992 ela até teve outro nome “Liffey Bridge” mas já era tarde, os moradores já tinham dado esse apelido para ela mesmo que o pagamento para a travessia deixou de existir em 1919.
Em 2001 a ponte passou por uma restauração que custou 1.25 milhões de euros e reabriu em dezembro de 2001. Aliás, ela também já foi palco para os corações apaixonados e seus cadeados. Mas em 2012 mais de 300kg de cadeados foram removidos por estarem prejudicando a estrutura da ponte. Tem uma estimativa que diz que todos os dias 30,000 pedestres passam por ela.
A ponte é algo simbólico, todo intercambista passará por ela na sua primeira semana e provavelmente em muitos outros dias. Atravessar ela é um daqueles momentos que a gente guarda na memória e que a gente realiza que está aqui.
Desejo que você possa, em breve, ter a sensação de atravessar essa ponte de histórias. ✨
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We used to live like lords. We’d roam freely from bar to bar, marching to the beat of the filthy change that jingled about in our arse pockets. We’d wade through packed pub gangways searching for seats that weren’t available. We'd cling to the bar and press the flesh with any hand, outstretched in our general direction. Sweaty in summer and sniffly in winter, we'd embrace friends and strangers with equal disregard for personal space. We’d breathe each other’s air, taste each other’s drinks and smoke each other’s smokes. We never booked ahead and we’d eat, only when we’d had our fill. Sometimes we wouldn’t eat at all.
We used to live like lords.
If you could possibly indulge me, I'd like to continue with a cliché. And this one has been uttered aplenty in various forms of expression, both artistic and not: But! You really don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it. And us: we lost it all. I'm sat here a mere couple of days before some of our city's pubs will reopen their doors and allow customers upon their premises for the first time in over three months. But now all is changed, changed utterly. Not only is a terrible beauty born, it's also walking, talking and getting ready to go to pre-school.
We're told that there'll be plexiglass - walls of the stuff. There'll also be time limits, mandatory food orders, table service, queues and all sorts of other measures, the sum of which are required in order to allow pubs open once again. It seems that spontaneity, the very essence of the magic that is the Dublin pub experience, is the one which is the most helpful to the spread of COVID-19.
We've chosen to use our piece on The Bankers as that which will include a bit of a COVID-19 spiel for a few reasons. Mainly because the pub has been in the media over the last few weeks - showing off the modifications, newly installed within, to deal with a socially distant customer base. It's also the second to last pub that I happened to imbibe in before the great shutdown in March. And with all that's gone on, I have to admit that I'm left with something of a newfound fondness and gratefulness for the place. [𝟏/𝟑 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐝. 𝐈𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬]
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