Name Game

5 sports stars who should be on the shortlist of names for Dublin's new bridge

Does anyone like the sound of the “Kevin Heffernan Bridge”?

Updated 11.50

GET YOUR THINKING caps on — Dublin City Council have asked the public for their help in naming the capital’s newest bridge.

Construction is ongoing on the bridge in Dublin’s city centre which will cross the Liffey and link Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street.

To get the ball rolling, we’ve picked out five famous sporting Dubs as a preliminary shortlist for the naming committee.

Who would you like to see the bridge named after? (It doesn’t have to be a sporting personality, of course…)

1. Kevin Heffernan

The legend of Dublin GAA, who won one All-Ireland as a player and three as a manager, died earlier this year.

(© INPHO / Billy Stickland)

2. Johnny Giles

The man widely regarded as Ireland’s finest ever footballer.


3. Jim Stynes

The Dublin minor footballer made history as one of the most famous and respected Aussie Rules players before his death last year at the age of 45.

(©INPHO/James Crombie)

4. Brian O’Driscoll

Member of three British and Irish Lions squads (so far), nominated three times for world rugby player of the year, and captain of Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam-winning side.

(©INPHO/James Crombie)

5. Robbie Keane

Tallaght native, Ireland captain and the country’s all-time leading international goalscorer.

(©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)

Who should Dublin’s new bridge be named after?

Poll Results:

Brian O'Driscoll (1797)
Robbie Keane (1499)
Jim Stynes (957)
Johnny Giles (916)
Another non-sports figure (comment below) (545)
Kevin Heffernan (487)
Another sports figure (comment below) (173)

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