The Rose-Rock story: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy vs Pink Rock names for New Ross N25 Bypass bridge, explained

A timeline and summary of the New Ross N25 Bypass bridge, public discussion of names, and naming process.

  1. (1993, 1994) 2018:

    Mammoth River Barrow Bridge Will Be Made Up of 27,000m3 of Kilmacow Concrete – …the Killkenny People writes the scheme is 26 years in the making – from its humble beginnings in Kilkenny and Wexford County Development Plans in 1993 and 1994 for an additional river crossing around New Ross.

  2. (1997) 2018: New Barrow Bridge ‘will be a tourist attraction’ – New Ross Standard: Former Senior Executive Engineer for the New Ross Area, George Walsh said the idea for the bridge arose after a ship ran into O’Hanrahan Bridge in 1997. He said NRA officials visited the town and a lengthy diversion made people realise that a new bridge was needed.
  3. 2006:

    New bridge for New Ross will be longest in Ireland – Wexford People

  4. July 2014:

    Pink Rock bridge may be named after Kennedys – New Ross Standard

  5. January 2016:Work on €230m New Ross bypass due to begin in March – Irish Times
  6. July 2016:Bridge will be named after JFK’s mother – New Ross Standard: …the Fitzgerald name goes back to the founding of New Ross and the Fitzgeralds were among the first of the Norman knights to receive lands in Wexford. ‘The Fitzgeralds landed in Bannow Bay and the Kennedy family sailed from New Ross. The new bridge links all these strands, bringing in the Dunbrody famine ship, the marriage of Aoife and Strongbow at which a Fitzgerald banner was flown and the Emigrant Flame, which was brought from John F Kennedy’s graveside in Arlington Cemetery, representing Irish emigration.’ […] Mr Hore’s proposal was debated at length at the meeting and was unanimously supported. […] Cllr Michael Sheehan said Waterford and Kilkenny local authorities should be contacted about the name. Mr Hore said as the bypass is located in County Wexford, New Ross Municipal District can name the bridge, adding that he would be in contact with management at both councils.
  7. September 2016Wexford Cllrs to consider other names for New Ross bridge – KCLR FM
  8. September 2016: Committee set up to decide on naming of New Ross by-pass bridge – KCLR FM
  9. May 2017:

    Public to have a say in bridge’s name – New Ross Standard

  10. May 2018:Barrow Bridge Name is Back on the Agenda – Munster Express: At April’s Municipal District meeting, Kilkenny County Council Director of Services Sean McKeown said that, as the lead local authority on the Bypass, Wexford County Council is set to have the ultimate say on the naming of the new bridge. […]
    It’s also worth recalling that in 2016, New Ross Municipal District Councillors unanimously agreed that the bridge should be named in honour of Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald, mother of President John F Kennedy (the bridge makes landfall in Wexford a short distance from the Kennedy ancestral homestead in Dunganstown). […] “Given the scale and importance of the bridge, both from a major infrastructural development point of view, and its socio-economic potential for New Ross and the entire South East region, a relevant and fitting name should be conferred on the Bridge.” The provisional closing date for public submissions is 5pm on Friday, July 6th
  11. May 2018: WOW: Kilkenny to New Ross Bridge will be the longest in Ireland – and Public have chance to suggest names – Kilkenny People
  12. May 2018Public to have a say on name of new bridge; Submission date beckons for name for new Barrow bridge, with councillors to decide – New Ross Standard
  13. May 2018Bridgey McBridgeface? Public asked to submit names for Ireland’s longest (and tallest) bridge – Irish Independent: Kilkenny Councillor Fidelis Doherty told the New Ross Standard about the submission process: “There will be some questions asked where you suggest your proposed name, explain why you think it’s a fitting name for the bridge. What relevance or connection this has to the area? What’s the benefit to the area of this name? And finally, what effect, if any, will this name have on tourism, employment or the socio-economic development of the area?” […]The submission forms will be made available in late May or early June and completed submission forms should be addressed N25 New Ross Bypass Bridge Naming Submission, c/o Wexford County Council, New Ross Municipal District, The Tholsel, New Ross or c/o Kilkenny County Council, Piltown Municipal District, Ferrybank Area Office, Ferrybank, Co. Kilkenny.Submission forms can also be posted or delivered to any Wexford County Council or Kilkenny County Council Office.And the form can also be submitted by email to or
  14. 2018:

    Naming of Bridge on N25 New Ross Bypass – Wexford County Council:

    We are undergoing a Public consultation Process for submissions for the Naming of the Bridge on N25 New Ross Bypass. You can submit your suggestion by completing our online form or downloading the Naming of the Bridge Submission Form and submitting to us by email / post. Closing date for receipt of completed submissions 5.00pm Friday 13th July 2018

  15. 2018: Naming of New Ross Bypass Bridge Submission Form – Wexford County Council
  16. June 2018:

    Consultations: Naming of the New Bridge on N25 New Ross Bypass – Kilkenny County Council via

  17. September 2018:

    Finding a name for new Barrow bridge? – Wexford Today: Taking into account tourism promotion, this unique part of Co. Wexford has already established the Kennedy brand as a world leader and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy would keep alive the traditional ‘Irish mother’ legacy associated with the famine which was the precursor to the Kennedy’s becoming one of the most famous families in United States history.

  18. September 2018:

    Vote Will See Iconic Bridge Named after Rose Kennedy – New Ross Standard: New Ross and Piltown councillors will meet together on October 3 at the Rhu Gleen Hotel in Slieverue, where the name will be voted on for a final time. If all 14 councillors from New Ross and Piltown vote as per last week, the iconic bridge will officially be named the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, ending a two-year saga over what to call the impressive structure.

  19. September 2018: The longest bridge in Ireland will be named after Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy – Kilkenny People:

    There was a public consultation period earlier this year both in Kilkenny and Wexford and a decision was made in the two electoral areas on a proposed name.

    Members of the Piltown Municipal District put forward the proposed name of the Pink Rock Bridge while their counterparts in New Ross suggested the name the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge.

    A vote was taken this afternoon at the Rhu Glen Hotel in Slieverue with eight councillors voting in favour of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge and six in favour of the Pink Rock Bridge. 

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