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Camogie legend takes on 1916 icon in bridge naming

A camogie legend will be up against 1916 icon James Connolly in the selection of names for the new Liffey bridge.

Camogie clubs are promoting Kay Mills, who won 15 All-Ireland medals with the Dublin camogie team between 1942 and 1961.

Her tally of senior All-Ireland medals, on display at Croke Park, far exceeds the nine medals held by such hurling legends as Christy Ring, Henry Shefflin and John Doyle.

"It would be a very fitting honour for her. It would be the first Liffey bridge to be named after a woman and would also honour the GAA's contribution to the city," said Maire Ui Bhriain, chairperson of Dublin's Camogie County Board.

Meanwhile, Dublin football star Alan Brogan and Oscar-winner Gabriel Byrne are among the celebrities backing the claim of James Connolly.

The Siptu union claims to have secured the support of 17 well-known personalities in its bid to have the bridge named after the executed leader.

Brendan Grace and Brendan O'Carroll as well as singers, Christy Moore, Mary Black and Mary Byrne are backing the Connolly cause.

City councillors are expected to decide on the name of the bridge in the coming months -- with a number of different options already suggested.