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EU celebrates contribution to delivering Mary Elmes Bridge

EU celebrates contribution to delivering Mary Elmes Bridge

The EU and the Southern Regional Assembly are celebrating how the EU delivers for the regions for the month of September.

The “Europe In My Region” initiative is a collaboration between the EU and the Southern Region of Ireland which highlights unique places and initiatives that are the pride of the region and its inhabitants.

Conceived as an ode to the region the activity shows the European dimension of "close to home" realities here in the south of Ireland. The campaign will take place for a month and covers the entire regional territory.

At the heart of the campaign, Cork’s Mary Elmes Bridge, which celebrates its first birthday next month, helps create a more sustainable, less congested and more connected Cork City. Co-funded by the EU, it connects the historic Victorian Quarter to the City Centre, offering Corkonians an alternative way to commute through their vibrant city. Over 11,000 pedestrians and cyclists cross the bridge every day, moving from Cork’s cultural hub of the Victorian Quarter to Patrick Street, its main shopping area. People can access both sides of the City using the bridge, or take a seat and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the bustling city and River Lee.

The bridge was named by the people of Cork as part of an open consultation in honour of Cork-born aid worker, Mary Elmes, who is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust.

A collaboration between the EU and Cork City Council, the bridge was built off-site by a Carlow-based company before being transported to Cork Harbour for final assembly and finishing. It was transported by barge along the River Lee, opened to the public in July and officially launched in September 2019. The project aims to deliver a much-needed pedestrian and cycle bridge in the heart of the City and promote greater use of cycling and walking.

Total cost of the Mary Elmes Bridge is €3 million, of which €1,5 million were financed with the assistance of the EU through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The “Europe in my region” campaign is promoted in the Southern Region of Ireland, both physically and digitally, via outdoor displays in the area, as well as on digital channels and social media.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is the pillar of the cohesion policy of the European Union’s territories. More than € 350 billion are invested for the period of 2014-2020, allowing the materialization of regional projects that have a direct impact on the lives of millions of Europeans.

For more information, visit the campaign page.

Mary Elmes Bridge, Cork
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