City centre park to be renamed after Boyzone’s Stephen Gately

by Rachel Darcy

Two city councillors who put forward a proposal to Dublin City Council to rename a park after Stephen Gately, have announced that the motion passed this morning.

Boyzone member Gately, who died nearly 11 years ago, hailed from the area near the Royal Canal Linear Park, which opened in 2010 It runs alongside Spencer Dock, near Sheriff Street where his mother still lives, making the naming of the park fitting tribute to the singer.

Independent councillors Christy Burke and Anthony Flynn are put forward the proposal at today’s Central Area Committee meeting, with the motion passed unanimously.

Cllr Burke said: “Stephen’s mother Margaret has given her blessing for the park to be renamed after her son. She said she would love if that happened and would be so proud.

“It’s a move that shows the area never forgets all the talented people from here, past, present and future, such as singer/songwriter Luke Kelly and the [filmmaker] Sheridan brothers.”

Cllr Flynn said: “This mornings motion lodged by myself and Christy Burke has been passed by the Central Area Councillors. A fantastic tribute to Stephen.”

Gately was also an actor, children’s writer and dancer, and was co-lead singer of Boyzone. He passed away from natural causes while on a working holiday in October 2009, with his husband Andrew Cowles.

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