Luke Kelly statue vandalized for second time

For the second time in 7 months, the statue of musician Luke Kelly has been vandalized. The Sheriff Street memorial to the former Dubliner has been discovered this evening with painted black glasses and black marks on its cheeks.

Independent Councillor and former lord mayor Christy Burke has described the latest act of vandalism as “mindless”.

“This man was a great ambassador to this country. This man was a local hero,” he said. “I’m calling on the individual who did this to Luke Kelly’s statue to show some dignity and respect to his memory and to his family. “For over 20 years I fought hard to have this erected, I’m disgusted.”, he added.

“Not only have you insulted them but you’ve done this to the whole community who treasure this statue,” he continued.

Gardai have said that the matter had been reported to them. CCTV images from cameras at Luke Kelly Park close to where he grew up on Sheriff St are being examined.

Conor Hayes

Conor is a reporter for He covers a wide range of issues, including Irish politics, international news and the coronavirus. You can contact him by emailing .

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