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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Asgard links leads to calls for station name change

A CALL has been made for Howth DART station to be re-named to mark the centenary of the Asgard landing of arms.

Fingal councillor Keith Redmond put down a motion which was passed unanimously last week by the local area committee, asking that the Chief Executive make representations to the Department of Transport to change the name of Howth Dart station to Howth-Asgard Station.

"I thought it would be great for the commemoration, but also for the future, so that generations going forward will know the link," the Fine Gael councillor said.

Mr Redmond pointed out that a hundred years have past since the historic event, and some people are re-learning again about the Asgard. He feltchanging the station's name would be a reminder in another one hundred years of its link to the area.

"I suppose, it is almost like a gift from our generation to the following generation," he commented.

Ratified

Speaking about his motion, he said: "It went to the local area committee last week, and it was passed and It will go on now to the full council meeting in September to be ratified."

At that point, the council would officially ask for Irish Rail and the Department of Transport to re-name the station.

The councillor pointed out that it is not unprecedented for train stations to have names linked to historical events and individuals, including Pearse and Connolly, as well as others stations around the country.

He also said that he was "delighted" that his motion was passed by members of the local area committee.

When contacted, an Iarnrod Eireann spokesman told The Herald that the company is responsible for naming stations and the practise is to name them after their location.

fdillon@herald.ie

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