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Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin

Samuel Beckett Bridge, which cost €60 million to build, joins Sir John Rogerson's Quay on the south side of the River Liffey to Guild Street and North Wall Quay in the Docklands area. It is named for Irish writer Samuel Beckett and was officially opened in December 2009.

This is the second bridge in the area designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the first being the James Joyce Bridge, which is further upstream.

The main span of the Samuel Beckett Bridge is supported by 31 cable stays from a doubly back-stayed single forward arc tubular tapered spar, with decking provided for four traffic and two pedestrian lanes. The bridge is also capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through.

The shape of the spar and its cables is said to evoke an image of a harp lying on its edge.

Samuel Barclay Beckett (born April 1906 – died December 1989) was an Irish writer, dramatist and poet, who wrote in English and French. Beckett's work offers a bleak outlook on human culture and both formally and philosophically became increasingly minimalist in his later career. Beckett was a student, assistant, and friend of James Joyce. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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