Limerick landmarks to be renamed

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Limerick landmarks to be renamed after JFK and Brian Ború

The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin has announced that Shannon Bridge will be re-named ‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge’ and the area at Merchant's Quay in the vicinity of Limerick City Hall and St. Mary's Cathedral, as ‘Brian Ború Square’.

Proposals to re-name both well known locations were passed at a meeting of the Limerick City Council protocol committee today (Tuesday).

The proposal to rename both the Bridge and the Square was the subject of a Notice of Motion by City Councillor Pat Kennedy who told colleagues that it would be appropriate for Limerick City Council to honour and commemorate appropriately JFK and Brian Ború for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Limerick, Irish and International affairs.
Limerick City Council had invited members of the public to have their say on the proposals and 107 submissions had been received.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin said that Elected Members of Limerick City Council had carefully considered the proposal put forward after consultation with the people of Limerick.

“I'm delighted that these two well known landmarks in the city will be re-named,” she said. “JFK had close ancestral ties with Limerick, was a Freeman of Limerick and also visited the City during his 1963 trip to Ireland. Meanwhile, 2014 marks the 1000th anniversary of Brian Ború’s death following his victory over the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf. The King of Munster and the last great High King of Ireland was also born on the banks of the River Shannon at nearby Killaloe and his descendants, the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond went on to elevate Limerick to their capital, thus laying the foundations for a future prosperous city.”

A decision re the dedication of both Limerick city landmarks will be announced at a later date.

A proposal to establish a monument sub committee to look at the naming of future roads and bridges in Limerick was also passed at today's meeting while a plaque will also be erected in Glasgow Park in honour of Mayor Frank Glasgow, who was elected Mayor of Limerick in December 1961.


Last update:26/02/2014