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Liffey crusade for magic Mills

PEOPLE that saw her play say that Kay Mills could walk on water.

Now camogie folk are hoping that the new bridge across the Liffey will be named in honour of the legendary Dub.

The Camogie Association are submitting a proposal to Dublin City Council to call the new bridge after the Inchicore Invincible.

Two of the game's most respected officials, Phyllis Breslin and Liz Howard, are working on the project. Both are former top players and Presidents of the association.

Remarkably, Kay won 15 All-Ireland senior medals with Dublin. It is a unique record. Not even icons like Christy Ring, John Doyle and Henry Shefflin can match it.

Kay (pictured above), a dancing, darting artist, was at the heart of the famous Dublin teams of the '40s and '50s. She won her first O'Duffy Cup medal in 1942 and her last in 1961.

She possessed blistering pace. And she was such a pure striker of the sliotar. She hit a mountain of long-range goals, and her sweet skill often saw her sprint to the ball, rise it and strike it all in the one movement.

She had many celebrated colleagues on the Dublin side. Una O'Connor recalls Kay telling her to "run forward when you see me getting the ball". The parcel would always be delivered to Una's feet.

She loved the city. And only last year a plaque was unveiled at her home in Abercorn Terrace, Inchicore. This was a joint initiative by the Inchicore/Kilmainham Heritage committee, Dublin City Council and the Camogie Association.

Kay married George Hill. She died in 1996 and today her vast medal collection is on display at the Croke Park GAA Museum.

She was selected on camogie's Team of the Century and inducted into the Cuchulainn Hall of Fame. The All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship trophy is named after her, as is the replica of the O'Duffy Cup which is presented to the All-Ireland winning senior captain.

When she put her golden hurl under the stairs, Kay became a wonderful ambassador for camogie. And now, whenever the greats of the games are talked about at home or overseas, her name always heads the poll.

If camogie's wish is granted, Kay would be the first woman to have a bridge named after her that spans the Liffey.

But more than that -- Kathleen Mills would be a bridge over troubled waters.


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