Limerick’s highest officer holder Jim Long wants to honour drop-goal king Ronan O’Gara.
Cllr Long is prepared to wait until the end of the season but he wants to put the Munster hero’s right boot on public display.
Munster’s first two games in this season’s Heineken Cup were not for the faint-hearted. Two epic strikes by O’Gara, on successive Saturdays, have nailed crucial victories.
Cllr Long has urged the out-half to let him place his torpedo launcher boot in a place of honour at Limerick City Hall.
“I want to put Ronan’s right boot in a display case so we will forever remember his nerves-of-steel feats over past week-ends, putting two great teams to the sword with drop-goal kicks from over 40m at the death.”
The mayor was at Thomond Park when ROG’s right boot struck against Northampton.
“I was in South’s bar last Saturday when Munster were in France and the slates nearly came off the roof with the roar that went up when Ronan did a repeat against Castres. It was unbelievable.
“The country is down right now but Ronan O’Gara has given Munster and the country a great lift. As mayor of Limerick I would like to do something to mark his achievement in a way that these great moments will be recalled for years to come by putting that right boot in a display case for posterity.
“It would be a fitting tribute to Ronan, to the Munster team and two herculean efforts to clinch crucial games. No matter what happens over the rest of the season, the dramatic conclusion to the last two games in Thomond Park and Toulouse will be talked about for years, even generations to come. I want to erect a plinth which would hold a glass case with Ronan’s right boot.
“Now, as never before, we look to our sporting heroes like Ronan O’Gara, Paul O’Connell and others to help us get through the times we are in and not to drop the head.”
But Cllr Long does not want to upset the out-half’s routine: “I am in no rush to get the boot and when the season is over, Ronan might consider making the boot available for what I have in mind.”