STATUE OF LUKE KELLY BY JOHN COLL – SOUTH KING STREET
With the exception of a few that have been blown up by the IRA statues in Ireland don’t attract much attention so it is a bit of a mystery why two statues of musician Luke Kelly on both sides of the Liffey in Dublin have been vandalised.
The bust of the singer on Sheriff Street in the north inner city was vandalised for the sixth time in 18 months.
The statue in my photograph, which is located near St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, was also vandalised but only once to-date
It was donated by the late Gerry Hunt and sculpted by John Coll.
Luke Kelly (17 November 1940 – 30 January 1984) was an Irish singer, folk musician and actor from Dublin, Ireland. Born into a working-class household in Dublin city, Kelly moved to England in his late teens and by his early 20s had become involved in a folk music revival. Returning to Dublin in the 1960s, he is noted as a founding member of the band The Dubliners in 1962. Becoming known for his distinctive singing style, and sometimes political messages, the Irish Post and other commentators have regarded Kelly as one of Ireland’s greatest folk singers.