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Sunday 17 December 2017

Campaign to rename city train station after tragic singer Stephen

DUBLIN City Council is to consider a proposal to name a train station after tragic Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

Independent councillor Christy Burke has tabled a motion calling on the local authority to rename the Docklands stop in Dublin 1 after the late star.

The rail station is located in the heart of Gately's home community, where he is idolised.

"I put a motion in this morning for the April meeting that the central area committee agrees that we call it after Stephen," Cllr Burke told the Herald.

"It would be appropriate as he came from the area. Boyzone have already said they would pay for a statue (of Stephen)," he added.

He said: "If it gets through the area committee in April it will go before the May city council meeting."

Cllr Burke wants to see the official naming ceremony taking place on St Patrick's Day next year.

"He was an ambassador for Dublin and particularly for Sheriff Street. His family are a rock in that community," the City Hall member said.

News of Cllr Burke's proposal has come after ITV aired a special tribute show dedicated to Gately's memory.

Stephen died at the age of 33 last October while on holiday with his husband Andrew Cowles in the Spanish resort island of Majorca.

His funeral was attended by family and close friends, with more than 3,500 fans listening to the service on speakers outside St Laurence O'Toole's Church.

Father Declan Blake told mourners: "Through his singing and entertaining, Stephen touched the lives of many, many people.

"He brought great joy and lifted the hearts of many people. Stephen, as we all know, was a real gentleman, he was kind, caring and he was very talented."

Fr Blake said Gately supported charities and brought children happiness by visiting them in hospital.

The ITV show Boyzone: A Tribute To Stephen Gately featured Nadine Coyle and a host of other stars including the band members themselves.

Autopsy reports confirmed Gately suffered an acute pulmonary oedema -- or sudden build up of fluid in the lungs -- thought to have been caused by a heart attack.

His manager Louis Walsh said: "Of all the people I've worked with, I don't think anybody thanked me as much as Stephen.

"He used to always say to me 'if I wasn't in Boyzone I don't know where I'd be today, thank you'."

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