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Councillors to vote on name for new bridge

Monday, 25th February, 2019 10:54am

Cork’s newest bridge will officially be named tonight.

Councillors will vote, choosing from a list of five names for the €5 million pedestrian and cycle bridge at a meeting of Cork City Council later today. 

The bridge will link St Patrick’s Quay with Merchant’s Quay from Harley Street on the northern side.

Shortlisted names were chosen from suggestions by members of the public, following a recent public consultation. The five are Mary Elmes, Mother Jones, Leslie Price de Barra, Donnchadh de Barra and Joan Denise Moriarty. 

Mary Elmes is known as the Irish Oskar Schindler. This Cork-born aid worker is credited with having helped over 200 Jewish children escape Vichy France and the threat of concentration camps.

Born Mary Harris Jones in Shandon, Mother Jones became one of the most prominent labour and community organisers in the United States, who agitated relentlessly for workers’ rights and an end to child labour.

Leslie Price de Barra was an Irish nationalist, director of Cumann na mBan, humanitarian and President of the Irish Red Cross, she lived with her husband, renowned Republican Tom Barry, on St Patrick’s Street.

Donnchadh de Barra from Riverstick was a Republican leader who died on hunger strike in a Newbridge internment camp in November 1923. 

Joan Denise Moriarty was a ballerina and choreographer who was pivotal to the development of Irish ballet and founded a number of dance schools which still exist today.

It’s expected that when fully operational, up to 11,000 pedestrians and cyclists, travelling between the city centre and the Victorian Quarter daily, will benefit from the improved connectivity and convenience provided by the new bridge. The Victorian Quarter includes MacCurtain St and the surrounding area.

The selection process will work as follows:

  • Each councillor present will be given the opportunity to identify their preferred nomination from the agreed shortlist. 
  • The two nominations with the two highest number of preferences to be confirmed by the Lord Mayor, and in the event of any tie, the two names to go forward to be determined by casting vote of the Lord Mayor.
  • Each councillor present will then have the opportunity to identify their preference from the two resultant names with the Lord Mayor having a further casting vote in the event of a tie.

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