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Dublin's least attractive Liffey bridge will get a new name this week

The bridge is to be named after Tom Clarke – one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The East Link toll bridge.
The East Link toll bridge.
Image: Sam Boal

DUBLIN’S EAST LINK toll bridge will be renamed tomorrow in memory of one of the leaders of 1916.

The toll bridge – by now an essential part of the city’s infrastructure, even if it’s by no means the most attractive bridge over the Liffey – is the last on the river, before it enters Dublin Bay.

Though it’s known as the East Link or the ‘toll bridge’ Dublin City Council says there are no records of it ever being officially named.

The bridge was built in 1984 under a deal between Dublin Corporation, Dublin Port and National Toll Roads. It passed into the control of Dublin City Council at the end of last year.

It was announced in March that it would be named in honour of Tom Clarke - one of the chief organisers of the Rising and the first signatory of the Proclamation.

President Michael D Higgins will unveil a plaque naming the bridge the ‘Tom Clarke Bridge’ tomorrow morning.

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The ceremony will coincide with the centenary of his execution.

A Defence Forces colour party will be in attendance, and a Dublin Fire Brigade piper will provide music for the event, which gets under way at 10.45am.

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