Two Fine Gael councillors have called for a park at the Leopardstown Link Road bordering Sandyford and Stillorgan to be renamed ‘Overend Park’ after Naomi and Letitia Overend.
The sisters were known for their past philanthropy in the area, in particular the donation of a nearby site, which is now used for the LauraLynn children’s hospice site.
“I have long been calling for more memorials to women to be established in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and renaming the park after the Overend sisters would be a very appropriate way to address this need. Their legacy is enormous, enduring, and has enriched the lives of so many in the county. Naming this park in their honour is most appropriate given their close ties the area in terms of some of the many past charitable acts they undertook,” said Councillor Emma Blain.
Councillor John Kennedy highlighted the positive legacy of the sisters in the form of the Airfield Trust.
A public consultation has been opened where residents can make their preferred choice of four possible names, including: Overend Park, Blackberry Park, Tipperstown Park and Páirc an Locháin Lile (Lily Pond Park).
The consultation will close on February 24 and a final decision will be confirmed in March.
The public consultation link is available here: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/parks/naming-of-public-park-sandyford/
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