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Patsy Coleman Road? Councillors propose naming Ardee road

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The junction of the slip road and Hale Street in Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

Louth County Council are again seeking recommendations for a name to be officially bestowed on the slip road between the N33 and Hale Street in Ardee after the subject was once again raised at the Ardee Municipal District meeting on Thursday.

A motion tabled by Fianna Fail councillor John Sheridan proposed that the road that road that sits between the N33 Link Road and Hale Street in the town be officially named, especially in the wake of the new Castleguard Manor estate being completed and now lived in.

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Sheridan suggested the Ardee Municipal District should engage with local secondary school students to research a name that has suitable local links and historical resonance.

While locally the road in question is sometimes referred to as the ‘link road’, the N33 road is also casually referred to as the ‘link road’ which can cause confusion. Sheridan believes naming the road would put an end to confusion and offer the opportunity to attach local significance to it’s naming – as is the case with many of the streets in the middle of town.

Ardee Municipal District cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue did suggest naming the road after Patsy Coleman, the local man who played a huge part in Louth’s 1957 All-Ireland Championship victory, as well as being a multiple Senior Football Championship winner with Ardee St Marys.

It wasn’t the first time Minogue had suggested naming that particular stretch of road after Patsy Coleman. She first raised the idea way back in 2014. Back then names such as Castleguard Road, Mount Road, Aiken Road and MacIomhair Road were all suggested but the naming itself was never conferred.

“It would have to symbolic to Ardee,” Minogue said on Thursday.

“There are legal implications with the naming of roads and roundabouts,” Jim Tenanty said at the meeting. “We can’t just name a road. Families may agree or disagree.”

Name recommendations can go to Louth County Council’s placenames committee. However, proposed names must meet certain protocols. According to one particular protocol ‘proposals to commemorate living persons will not be considered, unless in exceptional circumstances.’

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