The proposal to consider renaming the Salmon Weir Pedestrian Bridge in Ballina after the late Jack Charlton, mooted by Ballina Independent cllr Mark Duffy following the death of the former Ireland Soccer Manager, was rejected yesterday by the majority of councillors at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District.

Councillors were in favour of remembering Jack Charlton, who had a holiday home in Ballina and was a keen fisherman on the River Moy , but felt that the renaming of the pedestrian bridge, that had only secured a name after much controversy and debate a decade ago  - was not the way to do it.

A number of councillors considered including Jack Charlton’s name in the planned new Salmon Interpretative centre on the Moy in the town, or the erection of an appropriate piece of sculpture  - depicting Jack with a fishing rod, as more appropriate ways to commemorate him.

Councillors agreed that the matter should be put out to the public, and give the idea more thought and general public input.

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