A motion will be put before Mayo County Council this afternoon calling for a bridge in Ballina to be named after the former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton.

Independent Councillor Mark Duffy is making the call to honour the legendary figure of Irish football.

A World Cup winner with England in 1966, ‘Big Jack’ passed away on Friday surrounded by his family.

The former Leeds player fished the Ridgepool in Ballina and had a holiday home in the town for many years.

In a statement on social media Cllr Duffy says:

"The foot bridge in Ballina overIooks the Ridgepool as Jack himself did in his days fishing there.

He continues to say "Perhaps it would be a fitting tribute to name the bridge after Jack to mark the legacy he has left behind for Ireland.

"If the bridge is to be named, it would be appropriate to name it 'The Jack Charlton Bridge' if the Charlton family would agree to it” the Cllr concluded.

Councillor Duffy will raise the matter at today's meeting of the council in the TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar.


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