A campaign to rename Cork International Airport in honour of Irish Blues legend Rory Gallagher is continuing to gain momentum, with over 10,000 people signing a petition in favour of the name change.
Gallagher fan and campaigner organiser Brigitte Lehmann said she was delighted that campaign to rename the airport in honour of the Ballyshannon born - but Cork-reared - guitarist had reached more than 10,000 signatures from all over the world.
“Rory Gallagher was single-handedly responsible for bringing Irish music to global status - he has touched the hearts and souls of millions of people throughout the world in a way that most musicians could only dream of,” said Ms Lehmann, who lives in Brussels. “He still brings countless numbers of visitors to Ireland every year just to walk the ground on which he walked and just as John Lennon was honoured in England by having Liverpool Airport named after him, Cork should be proud to name their airport in Rory’s honour.”
The Department of Transport has informed Ms Lehmann that the Minister for Transport’s position on the issue had not changed despite the petition. However, Ms Lehmann said she remained determined to honour Gallagher.
“Cork Airport needs an identity and Rory is the ultimate international symbol for Cork and renaming Cork Airport could perfectly fit in with the ambitious initiative to increase international visitors to Cork,” she said. “It will bring publicity, increase business and make many people - a win-win opportunity for all players. Not only would the name change give great artist recognition for Rory’s achievements internationally but it would also give Cork Airport recognition worldwide.”