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Debate on renaming of airport takes off

BELFAST has George Best Airport, Liverpool boasts John Lennon Airport but another city now faces a wrangle over which famous son the local airport should be named in honour of.

Cork faces a debate over whether its airport should be named after one of the city's famous political, sporting or musical sons.

Sinn Fein now wants the airport renamed in honour of Terence McSwiney, the Lord Mayor who died on hunger strike in 1920 at the height of the War of Independence.

Other suggestions so far have included arguably the greatest hurler in history, Christy Ring, or legendary Blues guitarist, Rory Gallagher. And FF officials have even proposed naming the airport after hurler, footballer and Taoiseach Jack Lynch.

The debate is not unique either -- Dublin Airport has been the focus of a campaign to rename it Sean Lemass Airport.