Friday 23 February 2018

Melbourne to honour football hero Jim Stynes and name a bridge in his memory

Jim Stynes
Jim Stynes
The Age: News: 8 June 2007: Former AFL footballer and founder of the Reach foundation charity Jim Stynes, with his wife Sam, daughter Matisse and son Tiernan. Jim Stynes is to be presented with a Queens Birthday honour on Monday June 11th.JHF070608.003.001Photo: Joseph Feil reporters

THE late Jim Stynes is to be honoured in his adopted town of Melbourne with a bridge dedicated to his memory.

The Aussie rules player lost his brave fight against cancer in March. He was given a state funeral in Melbourne where thousands of fans gathered outside the catherdral to mourn the sporting legend.

The former Dublin minor player died at the age of 45, leaving his wife Sam and two children Matisse (10) and Tiernan (7). The 6 ft 7 Dubliner is to have Melbourne’s newest bridge over the Yarra river named in his memory.

Planning minister of Melbourne Matthew Guy said: “Jim’s migrant story, his football career and his philanthropy are a wonderful legacy.”

"The new bridge will be an interactive one with features along it recognising different aspects of Jim's life," Mr Guy said.

The cycling and pedestrian bridge will link Melbourne’s docklands to the city and is part of an $18 million investment in the Northbank part of the city.

Jim’s widow Sam said the bridge was a fitting tribute to her late husband:

"For us simplicity was the most important thing to us, so on one of those beautiful; crisp, sunny Melbourne days, to be able to grab an ice cream and stroll across that bridge and remember their dad and my husband will be pretty special," she said.

Jim’s family are to bring his ashes back to Ireland and scatter them over the Dublin mountains.

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