About this work

Spanning the Liffey from Bachelors Walk to Temple Bar and referred to simply as the ‘Metal Bridge’ by Joyce in Ulysses, the original half penny toll charge earned it an enduring local nickname — Ha’penny Bridge.

However, it was the emotional toll the Covid lockdown had on a friend, originally from Dublin, that made me question why I had really painted it. The prints I presented him with, 'Ha'penny' and 'Liffey Street Lower' really struck home — bringing him close to tears. We talked — he really missed his city and its people. 

I had several previous sketches of the bridge, that were never progressed beyond that, but I decided for some reason to paint it during the first Covid lockdown. The scale of the painting at 1m x1m and the challenge to capture the vibrancy of the place kept me totally absorbed and frustrated in equal measures for weeks.

Working in isolation in my studio is part of my daily routine, but another important aspect is my frequent reward ritual for finishing a piece destined for the Sol Gallery in central Dublin. After delivering the painting I would always ‘make a day of it’ with my wife, a son or friend, eating lunch in my favourite spot in Powerscourt Townhouse, then hitting the bookshops.

Featuring such a large group of people amongst a complicated street scene was something very different for me. I can now see it wasn’t about capturing the flow of the iconic arch or the flow of the Liffey, the front on view I had chosen was about being freely among a flow of people — some of the 30,000 locals and visitors who use the ‘Ha’penny’ daily to bridge the divide of the north and south sides of Dublin.

Hopefully it won’t be long before we can bridge the divide and return to normal life — and be among them crossing over The Liffey (‘An Life’ in Irish).

Details and dimensions
Limited edition giclée print
Edition of 175 (plus 10 artist proofs)
Hand numbered, titled and signed by Kevin, for example:
Print size 75cmx75cm
includes a 6.5cm white border for framing
Image size 62x62cm.
Printed on subtly textured, Fine Art Trade Guild approved, 290gsm heavy weight paper, with inks guaranteed light-fast for 125yrs.
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Your print is shipped free to you via Royal Mail Tracked & Signed or Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed. You will receive your tracking number from enquires@kevinmcaleenan.com when your order is dispatched - within 7 days of placing an order.
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  • Kevin instructs his fine art print specialist to make your print after you place your order. Kevin inspects your print for perfect colour accuracy and condition before hand numbering, titling and signing it.
  • Your limited edition print is covered in acid free paper, rolled carefully and placed in an extra strong shipping tube with a 4mm wall and 10cm circumference to ensure maximum protection in transit. The tube is made to order by an eco-friendly manufacturer, with 100% recyclable products and no chemical waste.
  • When your print is dispatched you will receive your tracking number from enquires@kevinmcaleenan.com - within 7 days of placing an order.
Every effort is made to ensure your limited edition print is pristine and reaches you in the same condition. Kevin recommends bringing your unopened tubed print directly to your professional picture framer to avoid undue handling.
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Framing suggestion
Kevin McAleenan limited edition prints are shipped UNFRAMED due to the fragility of transporting framed glass at this size, allowing you to have your print professionally framed, in a style of your choice, closer to home.

The picture frames shown on this website are framing suggestions and used for illustration purposes only. If you like this style of frame why not show the spec below to your picture frame:
For square prints, Kevin chose an 86cm x 86cm, matt black, fine grained wooden frame. 2cm across the front and 3cm deep.
Kevin chose Artglass AR70 as it virtually eliminates annoying reflections and allows the print to appear at its best.
Window Mount
Kevin chose an Arctic white, acid free mount with a bevel edge. Its border measures 6.5cm with 5.8cm visible from the inside of the frame. A square window of 65.2 cm was cut out to leave a 1.6cm gap around the print area (62x62cm) to display the handwritten edition number, title and signature.
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