Tuesday 21 January 2020

Row over renaming of airport

Ralph Riegel

A row is brewing over whether an airport should be named after a political hero or a sporting one.

Sinn Fein wants Cork Airport renamed in honour of Terence MacSwiney, the famous lord mayor of Cork who died on hunger strike in 1920 at the height of the War of Independence.

However, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael representatives -- while supportive of MacSwiney's legacy -- believe the airport should be renamed in honour of a more modern figure. Suggestions so far have included arguably the greatest hurler in history, Christy Ring, and legendary blues guitarist Rory Gallagher.

Several Fianna Fail officials have even proposed naming the airport after former Cork hurler and Taoiseach Jack Lynch.

However, Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan O'Brien has tabled the proposal in favour of Terence MacSwiney Airport to mark the 90th anniversary of his death, which falls on October 25 this year.

"I think it would be very fitting. When people step off the plane in Cork the first thing they would encounter would be a very important part of our history," Mr O'Brien said.

Irish Independent

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