Saturday 24 February 2018

Road won't be named after Patsy

Four names put forward

Patsy Coleman with the Sam Maguire Cup.
Patsy Coleman with the Sam Maguire Cup.

Hubert Murphy

ARDEE'S All-Ireland hero Patsy Coleman won't be getting a road named after him in his home town – for the moment.

Cllr. Dolores Minogue proposed that the St. Mary's stalwart be afforded the honour during a debate on the naming of the link road between the town and the ring road neat the business park.

But in the end it was decided that four names would go forward to the county placenames committee, who'll have the final say.

They are Castleguard Road, Mount Road, MacIomhair Road and Aiken Road, the latter an issue raised by Ardee Community School.

The Castleguard and mount are in regard to the local landmark. Canon Diarmuid MacIomhair was a recommendation from the historical society. Canon MacIomhair was a native of the town and did much to save the history of the area and could always be seen out and about on his scooter. Aiken Road is in honour of politician Frank Aiken.

'I would love to see Patsy Coleman included on that list,' Cllr. Minogue told last week's council meeting. 'The road is near his home place. It's important to recognise people from the town and our local hero Patsy would be my choice.'

Canon MacIomhair drew approval from Cllr. Finnan McCoy who said he recalled the priest going about on his bike. Padraig McKenny said it had 'great merit' and Pearse McGeough felt it was 'very appropriate.' He also made a case for Joe Dolan, who had strong links with Colaiste Enda, where the seeds of the 1916 revolution were sown.

Fintan Malone said that Joe had brought the chair factory to Ardee and was on the scene when O'Carroll and Tierney were murdered.

Drogheda Independent

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