Plan to rename South Ring hits a bump

A bid to name one of Cork’s busiest roads after the War of Independence group, Cumann na mBan, has hit a speed bump.

But the county councillor behind the idea has insisted he plans to drive on regardless.

Mid Cork-based Fianna Fáil county councillor Aindrias Moynihan won unanimous support last week for his proposal to rename the South Ring Road after Cumann na mBan.

“It is fitting and appropriate that the role of women in Irish life and those women of Cumann na mBan who played such a vital role in the struggle for independence is recognised,” he said.

He also said he has received the backing of city councillors for his proposal.

The county council now plans to write to the National Roads Authority (NRA) asking it to consider the move.

The NRA says while it has no objection to renaming the busy road, it will still refer to it as the N40, for operational reasons.

But Independent city councillor Mick Finn pointed out that Cork City Council publicly honoured Cumann na mBan in a similar fashion almost a decade ago.

A riverside walkway which links the Mardyke to the northside, running from Dyke Parade to the North Mall, was named Slí Cumann na mBan in 2006 by the then lord mayor, and current Ireland South Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune.

It was dedicated on April 17, 2006, to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Mr Finn said this fact should be taken into account before any decision to rename the South Link Road is made.

“I would have concerns that this duplication could lead to confusion,” he said.

Cumann na mBan, the ‘League of Women’, was formed in 1914 as an auxiliary corps, to complement the Irish Volunteer Force.


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