The River Liffey not only divides Ireland’s capital into a northern and southern part, along the shore there are also many sights of the metropolis. For example, the magnificent Custom House, built between 1781 and 1791 as the main customs office. Or with the O’Connel Bridge a real unicum. The bridge is as wide as it is long, which cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. Other notable bridges are the Ha’penny Bridge, a pedestrian bridge for which a fee was once due, and the Samuel Beckett Bridge, a futuristic cable-stayed bridge in the shape of a harp.
Outside in the Docklands, Ireland’s great trauma, the great famine, is being remembered. The museum ship “Jeanie Johnston” – a detailed replica of the original three-master – illustrates the circumstances under which hundreds of thousands of Irish left their homeland in great need. West of the Sean O’Casey Bridge is the “Famine Monument” at Custom House Quay. The moving statues show beggars and hungry people on their way to an uncertain fate. More than one million people died during the famine and another million left the country.