CEO, South Dublin County Council
I am deeply disappointed that South Dublin County Council has made no real effort to support the Dublin Senior Football Team ahead of this Sunday’s All-Ireland final in Croke Park.
As you know, I flagged this issue in the early summer at a Council Management meeting – suggesting that preparations be made by the Council in the event of a successful summer run by the county team to the All Ireland final. There was no great interest then either. I acknowledge the few Dublin flags flying at County Hall. I contrast this to our neighbouring Council in Dublin City. The length of the River Liffey has been festooned for a number of weeks with Dublin (and other county colours) celebrating the qualification of teams.
This is South DUBLIN County Council. With my hat on as Chair of the Economic & Tourism Strategy Committee, it seems a real missed opportunity not be be associating this administrative part of the county Dublin with the achievement of the County football team.
There are three players from county clubs on the Dublin team – GAA clubs are at the heart of a vast voluntary effort in this county – but for the efforts of some of these clubs, along with the great show of bunting and flags in neighbourhoods from Knocklyon to Killinarden and Kilnamanagh there would be little or no colour on our streets or buildings. Individual flags on cars are also very evident in the county.
It’s nothing short of a disgrace that our county isn’t doing its bit to support the county team – and this is not exclusively about GAA – I would expect that the county would do the same for other sporting achievements – its about the county leading the way in celebrating our county team reaching an All-Ireland final. Think of the great pride it would instil in the county – and think of the positive association for Tourism in the county.
There are four days left to address this – the N81 and a couple of other major routes ought to be decked in the blue of our county team (and maybe odd Green and gold for the Kingdom while you’re at it.
Let’s not miss this opportunity to raise the spirits of the citizens of this county – it wouldn’t cost a lot.
Cllr John Lahart