A new pedestrian bridge, spanning the River Nore in the centre of kilkenny city was lifted into place early this morning (Sunday).
The metal structure was hoisted by a giant crane in an operation supervised by the contractors and City Engineer, Kieran Fitzgerald.
The structure which was fabricated off site slotted perfectly into place at around 8.05am, 37 minutes after the operation started. After getting it properly balanced, it was all over five minutes later and everyone one went home.
It will be a number of weeks before the bridge opens. A timber walkway will be put in place and wing spans will also be placed on it. Hand rails will be added and the lighting will then be installed.
Initial fears about the colour have also been allayed. It will be completely repainted and not in black and maber.
No decision on a name for the new bridge has been made yet by the Borough Council.