Name round­about af­ter Der­mot O’Brien

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By HUBERT MUR­PHY

AN ARDEE coun­cil­lor wants the town to play its part in the cel­e­bra­tion of Fleadh Cheoil na hEire­ann 2019 with the nam­ing of a round­about af­ter mu­si­cal le­gend, Der­mot O’Brien.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Dolores Minogue wants the nam­ing cer­e­mony to take place on the week­end of the Fleadh so as many vis­i­tors as pos­si­ble could come and cel­e­brate the life of the 1957 All-Ire­land winning cap­tain.

Speak­ing this week, his son, Ro­nan, said the fam­ily would be ‘very honoured’ by such a ges­ture.

‘That peo­ple still re­spect him is won­der­ful. We are very proud of daddy and any­thing that recog­nises him is great to see.’

He said Der­mot was very proud of the Ir­ish lan­guage and tra­di­tion.

Ad­dress­ing last week’s area coun­cil meet­ing in Ardee, Cllr Minogue felt the Satur­day of the Fleadh open­ing week­end might be the oc­ca­sion for the event and it could turn into a real cel­e­bra­tion day to re­mem­ber the great man.

‘This would be a fit­ting hon­our for him be­cause we might not get the Fleadh back in Louth for years. I have spo­ken to the traders about a mini Fleadh day and I be­lieve it’s an idea that can be teased out,’ she stated.

She also wants the fund­ing for an arts pro­ject - which will come with the new by­pass - to go to­wards a statue of Der­mot O’Brien.

How­ever, it was de­cided to de­fer the mo­tion to a later date af­ter Cllr Jim Tenanty in­di­cated that there is al­ready a com­mit­tee who want to hon­our Der­mot O’Brien and an­other Ardee per­son. He said the com­mit­tee were not in favour of the round­about plan. He also said traders and the busi­ness com­mu­nity wanted to spon­sor round­abouts and main­tain them.

‘I spoke to Der­mot’s fam­ily and they are de­lighted with the idea,’ Cllr Minogue stated, her sec­on­der for the mo­tion, Liam Reilly, adding that he didn’t know there was a com­mit­tee.

Cathaoir­leach Pearse McGeough said more thought should go into the mo­tion with Cllr Minogue to talk to the com­mit­tee.

She agreed to de­fer it but is still keen for it to go ahead.

The late Der­mot O’Brien.

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