The mother of the late Stephen Gately has given her personal blessing to proposals to name a Dublin park after the former Boyzone singer.
Speaking on RTE Radio One’s ‘Drivetime’ programme last night, Margaret Gately said she would be delighted if the park is named after her son who tragically died almost 11 years ago. Sheh said she prays for him every day.
“It’s brilliant,” she said of a proposal by North Inner City councillors Christy Burke and Anthony Flynn to rename the six-hectare Royal Canal Linear Park, which opened 10 years ago and runs alongside Spencer Dock in the north inner city, after the Boyzone singer.
Mr Gately died on October 10, 2009, at his holiday home in Majorca at just 33 years old when he was at the height of his fame with the chart-topping boyband.
Dublin City councillors unanimously passed a motion to rename the park in Mr Gately’s honour at yesterday’s Central Area Committee zoom meeting.
“I’m sure Stephen’s mother Margaret will be delighted to hear that the motion is passed and that her son’s memory will live on by the renaming of the park,” Mr Burke said.
“It’s only fitting that it is called after him as he never forgot his roots. Stephen meant so much to the people of the area. He was a local lad made big and he never forgot that. Cllr Flynn and I are delighted that our colleagues understood how his legacy should be marked. This young man was taken from his family, community and band members too soon.” Mr Flynn added: “(This) is a fantastic tribute to Stephen.”
Band members Keith Duffy were thrilled to hear of the news of the proposal to rename Linear Park after their close friend.
Keith Duffy said on Instagram: “What a beautiful way to remember the legend of Stephen Gately,” while, Ronan Keating tweeted, “Thank you, thank you. This is amazing news.“It would be just amazing to keep Stephen’s memory alive forever. Well done Dublin Council.”
The proposal is expected to go before council in November.