Proposal to name bridge on Cabra Road ‘The Harry Clarke Bridge’

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Naming of bridge in Cabra ‘The Harry Clarke Bridge’ - proposal

The City Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee received an application from the Cabra Road Residents’ Association (CRRA), in November 2017, to name the Cabra Road bridge, ‘The Harry Clarke Bridge’. The bridge crosses the Luas tracks at Saint Peter’s Avenue, some 400 metres west of St Peter’s Church.



Having satisfied the criteria set down in the Council’s Commemorative Naming Policy the Commemorative Naming Committee approved the application.

In accordance with the Commemorative Naming Policy, the Committee referred the proposal to the North West Area Committee for their view and is also seeking the views of the public.

Comments on the proposal should be sent to

Following this period of consultation the proposal will come before the Commemorative Naming Committee for a final decision to recommend or not recommend the naming to the full City Council.

Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke was one of Ireland’s greatest stained glass artists. His name is synonymous with quality craftsmanship and imaginative genius in stained glass work.  During his short life, he created over 160 stained glass windows for religious and commercial commissions throughout Ireland and England, and as far afield as the USA and Australia.  He also illustrated books for Harrap and Co. in London.  The CRRA have stated that although Harry Clarke has no direct connection to the Cabra Road itself, they are proud that St. Peter’s Church nearby has examples of his work and is in clear view of the bridge.

St. Peters Church

Adoration Sacred Hand

This window in St. Peter’s Church, Phibsboro, entitled ‘The Adoration of the Sacred Hand Hiredeart’ (1919), is considered to be one of Harry Clarke’s early masterpieces. It is a three light window depicting the Sacred Heart, St. Margaret Mary and St. John Eudes. It was commissioned by the Vincentian Fathers as St. Peter’s was home to the Arch-Confraternity of the Sacred Heart in Dublin.

The Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, on Parnell Square, is the home of another Harry Clarke masterpiece, The Eve of St. Agnes.