Council members have unanimously voted in favour of gauging public opinion on the renaming of The Shannon Bridge as ‘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’.
The proposal to rename the well-known city locations was the subject of a Notice of Motion by City Councillor Pat Kennedy who commented: “I think 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.”
President John F Kennedy, a Freeman of Limerick, had close ancestral ties with the city and visited during his trip to Ireland in 1963. 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.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin has urged anyone with an opinion on the matter to make a submission during the coming weeks so as to guide the Council in its future deliberations on the proposal.”
Members of the public are invited to make submissions in relation to the proposed renaming of the Merchant’s Quay area and The Shannon Bridge at Lower Mallow Street on or before 4pm on Monday, February 10, 2014. Submissions may be provided in writing to Corporate Service Department, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Limerick, or by email to [email protected].