Luke Kelly Statue Vanadlised For The Fourth Time

Luke Kelly Statue Vanadlised For The Fourth Time
By PJ Browne Updated
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The Luke Kelly statue on Dublin's Sheriff Street was vandalised yet again overnight.

It is the fourth time that the tribute to the musician, which is located near where he grew up, has been defaced since it was erected 15 months ago. It is one of two statues of Kelly in Dublin, the second being on South King Street near St Stephen's Green.

Red paint in the shape of glasses was sprayed onto the marble and also on the monument's bronze hair.

Fran, a nephew of Luke Kelly, told 98FM that it may be time to move the statue.

"It was shock, disbelief really," he said of hearing the news.


"It should stay where it is but if this is going to continue, it's pointless.

"I remember the day that the statue was unveiled and the atmosphere was brilliant. We were in Laurence O'Toole's School afterwards, eating bowls of coddle and drinking cups of tea - the atmosphere was lovely, the people are lovely.


"I'd just say cop yourselves on, idiots.

"Christy Burke and the local councillors and TDs, the local people, are going to have to sit down and have a think and try to sort it out once and for all.

"Mindless idiots with paint, what are you going to do? If it's not Luke's statue, it's going to be somebody else."


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