Monday 18 December 2017

'He has never lost touch with his roots' - Could this street in Ireland be named after Niall Horan?

Niall Horan (PA)
Niall Horan (PA)

Ryan O'Rourke

Locals in Mullingar, Co Westmeath are calling for a street to be named in honour of the former One Direction singer.

The street in question is currently named Meeting House Lane. It is a pedestrian alleyway which connects Oliver Plunkett Street to Blackhall St.

Locals, including Councillor Willie Penrose, think the idea could be an asset to the town.

"Niall is associated with a lot of people in Mullingar. No matter where you go in the world you should never forget where you come from," he told Independent.ie.

Cllr Penrose had plenty of praise for Niall.

"Niall is a very level headed young lad. He has never lost touch with his roots or the people from here.

"If we were to name a street after him, it couldn’t happen to a better man," he said.

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Meeting House Lane, which could soon be named after Niall Horan PIC: Mullingar news and views Facebook

Cllr Penrose isn’t the only one supportive of the name change.

Local Sally Gorman, a Niall Horan fan and campaigner for the name change, lives in the town of Rochfortbridge just outside of Mullingar.

"I think it's a great idea. The timing couldn't be any better with Niall's tour just announced and the launch of his debut album fast approaching.

"The Niall Horan Way or something along those lines is a long time coming. The singer has well and truly put Mullingar on the map."

She explained how every year hundreds of tourists come to see the town that Niall grew up in.

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Meeting House Lane, which could soon be named after Niall Horan PIC: Mullingar news and views Facebook

Sally believes that these tourists should have somewhere to go to take photos and celebrate the singer.

"They need somewhere to go, something to see, a photo point even. There is definitely a demand for it and I think the town's tourism would benefit greatly from it too."

Mullingar is no stranger to musical talent.

Other notable musical talents to come from the town include Joe Dolan, Bressie and the Blizzards, The Academic, Foster and Allen, and The Swarbriggs. 

A statue commemorating Joe Dolan was erected in Market Square in 2008.

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