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17 become 10: Here are the possible names for Dublin's new bridge

Tony Gregory, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift are among the names dropped from the remaining options.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has dropped seven entries from its list of potential names for the new bridge across the river Liffey.

The names of Tony Gregory, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift are among those dropped from the candidates to have the bridge at Marlborough St named after them.

Other names lost are Lady Gregory, James Plunkett, and the ‘Patriots Bridge’ and the ‘Returned Bridge’ – two names to commemorate those who died in the Easter Rising and Irish Civil War, and the 21,000 Irish soldiers who died in World War I.

The new bridge, construction of which is ongoing, will support the Luas cross-city project and carry the southbound line between Marlborough St and College Green.

The northbound line will run from College Green down Westmoreland Street and over O’Connell Bridge, with a northbound stop on O’Connell St where the new line will cross the existing Red line close to Abbey St. The two lines will then rejoin at Parnell Square.

The remaining list of 10 names will be cut to five when the council’s Commemorative Naming Committee meets again on July 10.

The final five names will be put forward to a full meeting of Dublin City Council, which will have the final say on the name of the bridge.

In full: the ten remaining names

  • Abbey Theatre Bridge (named after nearby national theatre)
  • Willie Bermingham (fireman, founder of ALONE)
  • James Connolly (republican and socialist leader)
  • Frank Duff (founder of Legion of Mary)
  • Rosie Hackett (founding member of Irish Women Workers’ Union)
  • Kay Mills (Camogie player, winner of unprecedented 15 All-Ireland medals with Dublin)
  • George Sigerson (scientist, leader of literary revival)
  • Bram Stoker (author, best known for ‘Dracula’)
  • Ernest Walton (physicist and Nobel laureate, first man to split the atom)
  • W.B. Yeats (poet, Nobel laureate and former Senator)

Poll: Stoker, Wilde, Gregory: What should Dublin city’s new bridge be called?

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