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Thursday 15 November 2018

Calls for Binchy Bridge memorial as writer is laid to rest

CALLS are being made for a new Liffey crossing to be named Binchy Bridge as the author was laid to rest.

Maeve Binchy's life and writing was celebrated in her native Dalkey today as tributes continued to pour in.

Her husband Gordon said he was "delighted and very moved by all the tributes that have been paid to Maeve from Ireland and all over the world".

Her neighbour, Father Ted actor Frank Kelly was due to recite the psalm at her funeral.

The writer is understood to have requested a simple service without any eulogy.



Memorial

The writer, who passed away earlier this week, has been taken into the hearts of Dubliners.

And there is now talk about creating a permanent memorial by naming the city's latest bridge -- currently under construction connecting Marlborough Street -- after the writer.

Labour councillor Claire O'Regan said that although it is early days, the idea of a memorial for the Circle Of Friends writer would be a positive step for the city.

"I would absolutely be open to the idea," she said.

"If anyone wants to put forward the proposal, I would consider it. Maeve was very much a writer of the people and people feel the warmth about her.

"It would only be right to honour her in this way. If people feel open to that and to approach me, I'd welcome it."

Work is already well under way on the new €15m bridge across the Liffey that will link Marlborough Street to Hawkins Street in the city centre.

The project will allow the red and green Luas lines to be linked and will also be open to buses and cyclists.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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