Mathew Bridge, Limerick
Mathew Bridge, which spans the Abbey River, was opened in 1846, replacing the three-arched New Bridge, built 1762. Designed by W. H. Owens, the bridge commemorates Fr.Mathew, founder of the great 19th century national temperance movement. Up to 180,000 from Limerick city and county were reputed to have taken the pledge from him. In the background is St. Mary's Cathedral, traditionally said to have been built by Donal Mor O'Brien, King of Munster, on the site of his palace in 1192. (D. O'Shaughnessy).
NLI Ref.: L_CAB_00533