Daly’s Bridge in Ireland was built in 1926 for pedestrians to cross the River Lee in Cork. It is made of wrought iron, but since it is a suspension bridge, it wobbles a lot in the middle. That’s why everyone calls it the Shakey Bridge. Wobble or not, it was an amazing design for its time, and people loved it even with the terrifying (at least until you got used to it) wobbles. But is it an amazing design for the 21st century?
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Now, in my neck of the woods, there are quite a few really scary wooden “swinging bridges” built for access to houses on the other side of the river from the main road, but any time one falls apart, a replacement bridge is usually built with a sturdier, more modern design. But the Shakey Bridge is a historic site, and even after almost a century, must be maintained in a historical manner. Tom Scott explains.