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Oak Park Metal Bridge 1818-2018: History and Conservation

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 5 March 2018
  • Time(s)
    From 6.30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

About the event

This lecture by Dr Ronald Cox and Dermot O’Shea  marks the bi-centenary of the erection of the ornamental metal bridge at Oak Park estate near Carlow. The bridge is a listed structure and of national importance as an example of the use of structural cast-iron in the early years of the nineteenth century.

Dr Ronald Cox will trace the origins of the bridge, from its birth in a Coalbrookdale foundry in Shropshire to its erection over the exit channel from the natural lake in the grounds of Oak Park. Dermot O’Shea will discuss what needed to be done to conserve the structure and ensure its continuing use as a vital link between the different areas of the estate.

About the speakers

Dr Ronald Cox, Chartered Engineer
Ronald is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of Engineers of Ireland, a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Recent books include Ireland’s Bridges (2003), Engineering Ireland (2006) and Ireland’s Civil Engineering Heritage (2013).

Dermot O’Shea, Chartered Engineer
Dermot is a Partner in the David Kelly Partnership, based in Kilkenny, a practice with particular expertise in the adaptation and re-use of existing and historic buildings and the conservation of monuments. Dermot is a structural engineer and a Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland. He was responsible for the restoration and bringing back into use of the Oak Park Bridge.


Free and all are welcome to attend!

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