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A lone figure crosses over the Ha'penny Bridge and the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. I took this picture on a warm summer night while I was in Dublin visiting my mother and my sister. I think it's interesting as a metaphor for the state of affairs in Ireland right now, and the economic problems it's trying to overcome in the coming years.
For a bit of historical background, the Ha'penny Bridge (Droichead na Leathphingine) is a pedestrian bridge built in 1816. Before it was built there were seven ferries, operated by a William Walsh, across the Liffey. The ferries were in a bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. He chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a ha'penny toll from anyone crossing it for 100 years. The toll charge was intended to match the charges levied by the ferries it replaced.
It is one of the most well-known bridges in Dublin and a favorite meeting place for Dubliners. It's also located directly across from the Temple Bar :)
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