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On the approach into the city of Limerick you cross over one of the city's most famous bridges, from which spectacular views of the cityscape can be seen. To the right appear the buildings of medieval Limerick city itself and to the left you can see the Curragower Falls. Sarsfield Bridge spans the broad River Shannon. Built in the early to mid-19th century, the bridge was modelled on the Pont Neuilly on the River Seine at Paris. It was named Sarsfield Bridge in memory of the heroic defender of Limerick, General Patrick Sarsfield, who was responsible for lifting the first siege of Limerick in 1690.