Lamp standards at Limerick city bridge to be re-installed

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The lights were removed for repair from Sarsfield Bridge last August
THE newly repaired Victorian lamp standards are expected to be installed on Sarsfield Bridge in the next fortnight.

THE newly repaired Victorian lamp standards are expected to be installed on Sarsfield Bridge in the next fortnight.

A spokesperson for Limerick City Council confirmed the new lights, which have a cost of €150,000, will be fitted over the next two weeks.

A traffic management plan will need to be put in place to facilitate the workmen, so this is why the Easter holidays have been picked as the date the lights go live because there is less traffic then.

The standards have been stripped down to their metal, and repainted of blue and white, with the bases of the standards also reinforced.

In addition, the copper lanterns have been coated with a protective resin which will protect them from the rigours of the weather.

“It was quite a complex job, in a way like restoring old antiques and a conservation architect had to be consulted throughout the process of restoration so that as much as possible of the original lights were maintained and preserved,” the council spokesman 
added.

Sinn Fein’s city south spokesman Sean Griffin has previously welcomed the fact the repair job is coming to an end.

He said Sarsfield Bridge represents on of Limerick’s “architectural gems”.

“This is welcome news indeed for the hordes of people in the city that appreciate the significance of the structure, ” he added.

He added he hopes he has seen the last of the pearl lights which he described as “an abomination on the bridge”.

“In addition to this the spot lights that lit up the bridge on both sides in the past are also restored and will be back in operation as soon as the lights on the bridge are in place, as will the spotlights on the 1916 Memorial,” he said.

There will also be a consultation with specialists regarding the cleaning of the figures on the monument, he concluded, while further improvements will come.