THE memory of great Kildare footballers was resurrected recently when a councillor suggested naming roundabouts after players on the 1927-28 Kildare GAA teams, the last teams from the county to win All-Ireland titles.
Cllr Seamie Moore brought the suggestion to the final meeting of Naas Municipal District before the local elections and was able to personalize the issue by revealing that local area engineer Michael Kane was a descendant of the 1928 captain Willie Gannon.
The Executive had brought up the issue about a number of unnamed roundabout around the town, and how the Naas members might address this.
Cllr Darren Scully – a member of the Council’s Protocol Committee – cautioned against a piecemeal approach and said: “we need a council-wide policy on naming them”.
“Although I do know the Seamie Moore Roundabout has been spoken about for a number of years now!” he joked.
Cllr Robert Power suggested the members ask various schools to name them, but Cllr Scully continued in a light-hearted vein.
“Be careful. We could end up with a Spongebob Squarepants Roundabout!” he offered.
Changing tack slightly, Cllr Sorcha O’Neill brought a suggestion from the residents of Caragh who had asked for the roundabouts near them to be planted because: “One of them just looks like a brick”, and she was reassured by the engineer.
“That’s eventually the plan – to plant them all,” he said.
Area Manager Peter Minnock told the meeting there is a scheme in place for naming roundabouts and that “it should be an obvious regimen on naming [them] once it’s in place”.