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New bridge will be named after tragic hero garda

A HEROIC garda who lost his life during last autumn's devastating floods is to have a bridge named in his honour.

The Herald has learned that Wicklow County Council is preparing to rebuild a well-known bridge and name it after the late Garda Ciaran Jones. The young officer was swept to his death while trying to save the lives of others during the torrential weather last October.

The popular 25-year-old was riding his quad close to the River Liffey when he was sucked in by strong currents.

Former President Mary McAleese was just one of thousands of guests who turned out at his funeral to pay respects to his "amazing inspiration".

Ciaran's death left the community numb with shock with locals lobbying for many months for a public gesture in his honour.

The council will vote next week to re-open the Ballys- muttan bridge and rename it after the deceased garda.

The bridge has been closed since 2008 and is near Ciaran's home and just two miles from where he died. Local councillor James Ruttle -- who put forward the proposal -- told the Herald naming the bridge would be the "perfect way" to "honour a gentleman and a hero".

"Ciaran Jones spent his days protecting the lives of others," he said. "The community is still reeling from that dreadful day we learned he drowned. I discussed this proposal with his family and they are delighted with the idea."