Tuesday 27 September 2016

Bridge renamed to honour rebel Thomas Clarke

Ciara Treacy

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins unveils a plaque renaming the East Link Bridge the ‘Tom Clarke Bridge’. Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells
President Michael D Higgins unveils a plaque renaming the East Link Bridge the ‘Tom Clarke Bridge’. Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells

His was the first name on the 1916 Proclamation, but Thomas J Clarke was the last of the rebel leaders to get a permanent memorial in Dublin in his honour.

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The decision to rename Dublin's East Link Bridge the 'Tom Clarke Bridge' was celebrated yesterday by those who had worked for years to get recognition for the "forgotten" rebel, including Helen Litton, the grand-niece of Clarke's wife Kathleen Daly.

"Tom Clarke has been one of the more forgotten leaders for many years because he was very much a backroom person," she said. "Last year the bridge came into the ownership of Dublin City Council, so then they had the naming of it in their gift so we took advantage of that."

A plaque marking his memory was unveiled at the bridge by President Michael D Higgins on the centenary of Clarke's execution.

President Higgins's wife Sabina is a longstanding patron of the Tom Clarke Memorial Committee.

"For 32 years, this bridge has served Dublin well, providing a vital link between the north and south sides of our capital," he said.

"It is greatly apt that a structure so strongly symbolic of unity and connection and the overcoming of obstacles be named after the committed, determined, inspirational Clarke."

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