Call to rename Shannon Bridge in honour of JFK

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

JFK visit: then President of America John F Kennedy visits Limerick in 1963
A PROPOSAL is to come before Limerick City Council to rename the Shannon Bridge after John F Kennedy and the plaza in front of City Hall as Brian Boru Square.

A PROPOSAL is to come before Limerick City Council to rename the Shannon Bridge after John F Kennedy and the plaza in front of City Hall as Brian Boru Square.

Independent councillor Pat Kennedy has lodged the motion in advance of next month’s meeting to honour two historical figures “for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Limerick, Irish and international affairs”.

JFK was made a freeman of Limerick a number of months prior to his death in 1963 and now Cllr Kennedy wants him immortalised in stone by renaming the Shannon Bridge - opened by Charlie Haughey 25 years ago - in honour of the US president.

Meanwhile Cllr John Gilligan, who has submitted a similar motion on recognising Brian Boru outside City Hall, is supportive of the plan.

“Next year will be the 1000th anniversary of Brian Boru’s death at the Battle of Clontarf. Most people in Limerick wouldn’t be able to tell you that the square in front of City Hall is called Merchant’s Quay, which is quite meaningless. I think it would be appropriate to also have in the square a statue of Brian Boru and of one of the Vikings there as the Vikings founded the city of Limerick and Brian Boru built it. It would be something unique and something for tourists as well,” said Cllr Gilligan.

Cllr Gilligan also believes Limerick City of Culture 2014 provides an opportunity for the people of the city to suggest new names for George’s and Charlotte Quay.