COUNCILLORS have passed a motion requesting Cork County GAA board to name a stand in Páirc Uí Chaoimh after the former Taoiseach and Cork hurler Jack Lynch.
At a meeting of Cork County Council last week, Fianna Fáil Cllr Deirdre O’Brien raised the motion calling for the late Taoiseach to be honoured in such a way.
‘Jack Lynch was a man of the people and was a great sportsman and one of the greats of the GAA. It’s only fitting we should name a stand after him,’ said Cllr O’Brien.
Cllr Gearoid Murphy (FF) supported his colleague’s motion and said Jack Lynch attracted respect from everyone and was deeply steeped in GAA and politics.
Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan (FF) also supported the motion and told councillors he was a distant cousin of the former Taoiseach.
Cllr Paul Hayes (SF) said that there was no doubt Jack Lynch is held in high regard but he suggested that Dunmanway’s Sam Maguire should be honoured too.
‘He has been an unsung hero and maybe he should be considered as he played an important role in local history,’ said Cllr Hayes.
Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) said he had no problem with the motion but did point out that the tunnel in the city is already named after Jack Lynch.
‘So why put his name on a stand there when there are several others who could fit the bill? I’m easy but wouldn’t mind other names popping up,’ said Cllr Murphy.
Cllr Eoin Jeffers (SF) suggested that Cork County Council could maybe write to the County Board and seek a public consultation on it.
‘It’s always a positive move,’ said Cllr Jeffers, who added that he would raise a motion at the next Council meeting calling for the Cork County GAA Board to let the public have their say on the naming of stands in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Cllr Deirdre O’Brien said that she wanted just the one name on her motion but said the suggestion by Cllr Jeffers was a fair request.