County Board Urged To Name Pairc Ui Chaoimh Stand After Jack Lynch

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cork County Council is to write to the GAA county board to request that a stand in the €70 million revamped Pairc Ui Chaoimh would bear the name of former Taoiseach Jack Lynch.
The move comes following the tabling of a motion by Fianna Fail Cllr Deirdre O’Brien.
However the authority are set to debate a second motion in two weeks’ time where the public would be asked to choose.
Ms O’Brien said it was only right and proper that the new stadium have a stand named after the six time all-Ireland medallist.
The Fianna Fail Cllr described the former party leader as “a gentleman of extraordinary charm kindness and courtesy” and said it was only fitting he is honoured in his centenary year.
Fellow party member Cllr Gearoid Murphy echoed his colleague when he backed her motion.
“His connection with ordinary people is legendary. Deeply steeped in GAA his stellar career in politics was matched in both hurling and football. He represented the best Cork had to offer” he said.
However there was mixed reaction from councillors with some suggesting the Sam Maguire and Jimmy Barry Murphy as possible names.
Kevin Murphy leader of Fine Gael in Cork County said he didn’t have an issue with a stand being named after the former statesman but questioned if the authority should suggest a substitute as he already had a tunnel named after him.
West Cork Sinn Fein Cllr Paul Hayes suggested Sam Maguire whom the Senior Football Cup is named after as a possible alternative.
Fine Gael Cllr Derry Canty said Jimmy Barry Murphy could also be considered but Cllr O’Brien would not agree to an amendment to her motion.
Sinn Fein Cllr Eoghan Jeffers suggested the public be given the opportunity to name a stand but that too was rejected.
Its expected Cllr Jeffers will table his own motion at the November sitting of the authority.

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