Sunday 25 February 2018

It's hysteria lane for granny after council changes her street name

Allison Bray

A grandmother whose family have been the only residents on their lane for more than 35 years was stunned to discover a council changed their street name because some locals wanted a more trendy-sounding address.

Mary Brennan (64) said her life has been turned upside down after Fingal County Council went against her objection and renamed Nether Cross, Burrow Road in Portrane to Valley Lane.

Mrs Brennan and her son Darren Brennan are the only residents living on the 100-metre long lane located near Portrane Beach in the coastal village in north county Dublin.

She has lived in her circa 1870s cottage for 36 years while her son has lived in a cottage he built up the lane for the past 10 years. "Everyone knows it as Nether Cross," she told the Irish Independent.

The new name -- chosen by members of the local residents' association -- doesn't even reflect the area, she added.

"There's no hills or valley. We're surrounded by water here," she said.

Mrs Brennan, a mother of five and grandmother of six, said the formal name change -- passed by the council two weeks ago -- has caused huge stress and upheaval for herself and her family.

They have all begrudgingly had to notify friends and family as well as banks, utility providers, schools and others of their change of address.

Mrs Brennan, who worked as a local seamstress, said the name change could also cost her business because clients across north county Dublin who have been coming to her over the years might assume she has moved away. The name change has been a thorn in Mrs Brennan's side for the past year.

"I complained to the council but I was told that 'the people have decided'," she said. "But I said 'I am the people'."

Officials from Fingal County Council were unavailable for comment last night.


A spokeswoman could not say why the street name was changed.

However, she said it was typically done at the request of local residents for a variety of reasons, including reverting to a "more traditional name".

Mrs Brennan said she did receive a letter from the council in July informing her of the name change, and inviting anyone who objected to contact the council before August 31.

She said she rang the council three times to voice her objections after receiving the letter.

But her objection was ignored because she did not state her objection in writing.

She is now hoping that the council will reverse its decision.

Irish Independent

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