O'Shaughnessy Footbridge, Galway

The River Corrib is a fast-flowing stream which links Lough Corrib with the sea at Galway Bay. The older part of the City of Galway stands on the east bank of the River as it enters Galway Bay, but much of the more recent part of the City has spread to the west bank and to the numerous islands in the mouth of the river, criss-crosed by a number of channels (or canals). The O'Shaughnessy Footbridge was a joint initiative between the City Transportation Unit and the National University of Ireland, Galway. The striking 50 metre long modern bridge which was opened in July 2012  links Fisheries Field at the north end of Nun's Island (on which Galway Cathedral stands) with the University campus on the west bank. It spans two water courses - the Eglinton Canal, and a much smaller mill race on Nun's Island. Michael O'Shaughnessy (1864-1934) for whom the bridge is named, graduated in Civil Engineering from the Queen's College, Galway (as it was then known) in 1884 and went on to a distinguished career as Chief Engineer for the City of San Francisco.

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