Councillor Anthony Waldron has proposed that Roscommon County Council should name the roundabout known as ‘Casey’s roundabout’ in Roscommon Town in memory of the late Lt. General Dermot Earley.
Cllr. Waldron said: “County Roscommon has historically had a number of famous sons who became figures of national significance such as Dr. Douglas Hyde, our first President, Percy French, who became nationally and internationally famous as a songwriter, author and painter, and of course the county is the seat of the O’Connor Don family, probably the oldest royal pedigree in Europe. Also, Fr. Edward Flanagan (of Boystown renown) and Fr. Michael O’Flanagan too.
“However, in modern times the county has been home to an outstanding military and sporting figure in the person of the late Lieutenant General Dermot Earley. Lieutenant General Earley had a stellar sporting career in gaelic football. He was considered to be one of the greatest footballers not to have won an All-Ireland; in fact, he was considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
“In relation to his military career, he reached the highest rank and appointment as Chief of Staff (COS) of the Defence Forces. Lieutenant General Earley’s untimely passing was a great tragedy, not only for his family, but for Irish society in general”.
Councillor Waldron feels that Roscommon County Council should honour Dermot Earley’s memory by naming the roundabout in his honour.
Councillor Waldron proposes actively pursuing this idea with the Council and seeking cross-party support for his initiative.