'Jim deserves this honour' - Dodder bridge to be named in memory of Jim Lawlor

There was unanimous support this evening for the red pedestrian and cycle bridge spanning the Dodder to be named in honour of former Tallaght Community Council member Jim Lawlor.

At today’s monthly virtual meeting of South Dublin County Council, a recommendation by the Infrastructure Naming Committee was approved by councillors. 

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The pedestrian bridge stretching over the Dodder, and connecting Firhouse and Old Bawn  

The recommendation proposed that in memory of Jim Lawlor, and in appreciation of his lifetime of community work for his beloved Tallaght, that the pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Dodder that links Bawnville and Killininny be named the Jim Lawlor Bridge.

Jim, who spent his whole life living beside the Dodder, passed away peacefully last year at the age of 78. He was being cared for in Peamount Hospital.

Born and reared in Killininny Cottages on the Firhouse Road, Jim and his late wife Mary moved to Seskin View, on the opposite side of the Dodder, to make their own family home.

According to Tallaght Community Council (TCC), there is a special connection between Jim’s life and the red bridge.

Jim Lawlor compressor

Jim, a founding member of TCC, dedicated decades to Tallaght 

Speaking after the proposal was passed, Liz Kennedy, Chair of TCC, said: “Jim was so proud of Tallaght – but most particularly Killininny and Old Bawn.

“The pedestrian bridge is a proud Tallaght landmark now and connects the community. Just as Jim always did.

“We are delighted this motion was passed to honour Jim and his huge community contribution in this meaningful and deeply symbolic way.

“We thank SDCC for approving the proposal and hope it gives comfort to all Jim’s family and many friends.”

TCC consulted with Jim’s family about proposing to name the bridge in Jim’s memory, with councillor Mick Duff bringing the motion forward in late 2020.

According to Cllr Duff, Jim "deserves this honour”.

“He was bedded in the community”, Cllr Duff (Independent) said.

“He has a connection with Killininny and Old Bawn and he deserves this recognition.

“He did an amazing amount of work”.

Speaking at the council's virtual monthly meeting, Cllr Charlie O’Connor (Fianna Fail) echoed Cllr Duff’s sentiments.

“I strongly support the naming of the bridge after Jim”, Cllr O’Connor said.

“He did an amazing amount of work in the community…”

Jim dedicated decades to Tallaght, supporting his hometown and all those who live here with his trademark positivity and kindness.

According to the council, a design and location will be prepared for a plaque, which will be unveiled by the Mayor at a suitable date.

Cllr Peter Kavanagh was thanked during the meeting for the work he did supporting the naming committee.

More on this story in Thursday's Echo Newspaper. 

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