The new pedestrian bridge crossing the River Nore in Kilkenny City has been named ‘The Lady Desart Bridge’.
The decision was made on Monday night at the December meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council. It was a unanimous decision from the members.
Lady Desart’s father left her over 15 million pounds in his will, which she used for philanthropic purposes in Kilkenny, for projects including AutEven Hospital, the Woolen Mills, Kilkenny Theatre, Desart Hall, Talbot’s Inch and the Suspension Bridge. She was also involved in the rescue of Jewish children from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
“Kilkenny can be proud of this extraordinary woman who gave so much to the city in a time onf great need,” said Mayor Martin Brett. In 2010, Sean Keane wrote a story celebrating Lady Desart and all her deeds. It can be found at http://bit.ly/1gWhuET.