Thursday 19 September 2019

'Light up the Five Lamps with blue flame' - Dubs fan wants city to mark Drive for Five

Dublin fan Wally Jackson pictured at the Five Lamps on The North Strand ahead of the All-Ireland. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Dublin fan Wally Jackson pictured at the Five Lamps on The North Strand ahead of the All-Ireland. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

Dublin superfan Wally Jackson and his friends have kick-started a campaign to get the historic Five Lamps monument lit up blue to celebrate the Dubs’ All-Ireland drive for five.

Granddad-of-10 Wally, from the inner city, has come up with a plan with his friends to call for four of the lamps to be first lit up blue, to symbolise the Dublin team’s four-in-a-row.

They want the fifth lamp to be set ablaze in blue if the team secures a historic five-in-a-row All-Ireland title this Sunday when they take on Kerry at Croke Park.

"I’m a Dubs fan, through and through," Wally told the Herald.

"I’m so proud to be from this great city, full of great people and home to the greatest GAA team in Ireland.

"The Dubs are the Harlem Globetrotters of Gaelic football.

"Because the drive for five is historic and because five-in-a-row will put the Dubs into the history books, lighting up the Five Lamps with blue flames would really mark this really important part of Dublin history.

"This is a big deal. I’ve been a Dublin fan all my life, since I was a kid, and I’ve never seen a Dublin team as good as this one.

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"I can’t even pick out a favourite player, as the whole team are just amazing. I can’t pick out a favourite moment, because the team have given the fans so many.

"The Dubs are unstoppable and the city should mark this glory with a very special recognition and my friends and I believe that’s lighting the Five Lamps up blue."

All Dubliners know the historic importance of the Five Lamps – which sit on an island at the junction of five streets – Portland Row, North Strand Road, Seville Place, Amiens Street and Killarney Street.

It’s not clear if the name Five Lamps comes from the monument being situated at the centre of five streets or if it commemorates five major battles fought in India during the days of the British Empire.

However, Wally’s plan would put a fresh stamp on the lamps as belonging to Dublin as sporting history unfolds.

"There’s a lot of excitement around the city," Wally said. "But lighting the Five Lamps, well, that would be something else, wouldn’t it?”

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Paul McAuliffe said, while it may not be possible to ignite the Five Lamps with blue lights, due to the age of the monument, he wanted to see as much blue as possible for the All-Ireland final.

"I want the whole city to turn blue. I’d love to see the Ha’penny Bridge lit up blue and every house in blue," Mr McAuliffe said.

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