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Sunday 22 October 2017

Mills is right name for Liffey bridge: Breslin

AND now there's the Famous Five. Which one will walk on water?

Kay Mills stands tall among them. Also in the frame are the great Willie Bermingham of ALONE; Legion of Mary founder, Frank Duff; Dracula author, Bram Stoker; and Rosie Hackett, the Labour activist. One of those noble citizens will have the new bridge over the Liffey named in their honour. City Hall will make the call.

The camogie community is urging all its family to continue to show their support for the Inchicore Invincible, who won a remarkable 15 All-Ireland senior Camogie Championship medals.

"That will never be done again. It would be marvellous if our City Fathers could see fit to recognise the outstanding achievements of one of the great Irish sportswomen, and such a proud Dub," declares distinguished camogie figure, Phyllis Breslin.

Dublin's Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, is also a fan. "Kathleen is an icon of camogie and Gaelic games history. She has been shortlisted to the final five from the original list which had 85 names. This is an indication of the esteem in which she is held and it underlines her extraordinary sporting achievements," said Dublin's first citizen.

 

Artful

Dublin Camogie's First Lady was born to run. She was a natural athlete. From her earliest years, her artful ability on the sports field was spoken of with awe and admiration.

She was a wonder of her age. She played for Dublin for 20 years. It was a golden era for the Dubs. Her grace and sportswomanship won her fans and friends in every county. She played the game the way it was meant to be played.

She brought poetry to the pitch, and was modest off it. The pages of the Irish Press often hailed her brilliance.

The new bridge is being built a short puck of the sliotar away from the old, iconic Press offices on Burgh Quay, and a sideline cut from the Abbey Theatre. Kathleen Mills was the supreme entertainer.

Dublin is a changed place now. But so many children were raised on the songs and stories of the great Kay Mills.

Camogie has done a wonderful job in advancing Kay's cause. And now they are asking their camogie comrades to go the extra yard as judgment day approaches.

p Send emails of support to manager@dublincity.ie or cra@dublincity.ie or write to Manager, Dublin City Council, 4th Floor Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

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