War of Independence grenade discovery closes Dublin city bridge

Harold’s Cross bridge was blocked to traffic after object was removed from Grand Canal

Harold’s Cross bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Harold’s Cross bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

 

Harold’s Cross bridge in south Dublin city was closed off on Wednesday evening while gardaí and members of the Defence Forces dealt with a grenade dating from the War of Independence.

The grenade was found in the Grand Canal close to the bridge and was taken from the water.Gardaí closed the bridge to road and pedestrian traffic. The army bomb disposal team arrived at the scene around 8.30pm and assessed the device.

It was found to be a mills type grenade used during the War of Independence which took place between 1919 and 1921. It was made safe at the scene and the road has since reopened. The bomb disposal unit left the area at about 10.30pm.