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Sunday 20 April 2014

Fangs for Dracula writer statue, but where do we put it?

A DUBLIN memorial to Dracula author Bram Stoker has been given the go ahead -- but there's still no agreement on where to put it.

A lifesize statue to commemorate the 2012 centennial of the Clontarf man's death was given approval by Dublin City Council but finding somewhere to put it has so far proven difficult.

A grass roots group in Dublin called the Friends of Bram Stoker has been working with the author's descendents and managed to secure private funding for the memorial but have so far failed to find a suitable location for it in the Unesco City of Literature.

Residents in Dublin's seaside suburb Clontarf, where the famous horror writer was born in 1847, were hopeful their village would be chosen for the statue.

The Count Dracula creator's great grandson Robin MacCaw said: "My great grandparents were both born and raised in Dublin, and my family believes Dublin is the logical place for a memorial to my great grandfather, in recognition for his contribution to Gothic literature, and for the enormous and ongoing impact of Dracula on popular culture."

Bram Stoker was a student in Trinity College Dublin and a clerk of Petty Sessions before he married Dublin beauty Florence Balcombe once she had broken off her relationship with another of the city's famous writers, Oscar Wilde.

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