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Monday 16 September 2019

At last... a memorial to Luke Kelly

IT looks like music legend Luke Kelly could finally be getting a memorial in his home city.

Dublin city bosses have backed a proposal that will see funding made available for a sculpture of the Dubliners singer, who died in 1984.

And a further plan to name a park in the north inner city after Luke has also been ratified.

It's understood the city's public arts officer will now examine how to fund the statue after the proposal was unanimously backed at a special council meeting about the future of the docklands.

The news is a major boost to Luke Kelly's family – which was left bitterly disappointed after previous plans to erect a statue were shelved.

Both the council and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) previously claimed they could not afford the €80,000 necessary to commission the statue.

The council is taking over the running of the docklands in November.

It is obliged to consider the motions backed unanimously this week at a meeting which discussed the development of a strategic development zone (SDZ) in the docklands.

Independent councillor Christy Burke first called for a statue of Luke Kelly 10 years ago.

He even contacted Bono and other famous singers in a bid to raise funds.

He told the Herald that the council is now obliged to act following the ratification of his motion.

Supporters

"This has been going on for far too long," he said. "The family have been let down before, as have all supporters of Luke who was such a tremendous servant to this city."

"I'm very hopeful now that the city will deliver on this promise that they made so many years ago to the Kelly family," he added.

A second motion supported by councillors calls for the Linear Park, located along the Grand Canal, to be renamed The Luke Kelly Park.

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