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Outrage as thugs deface statue dedicated to Dubliners legend Luke Kelly

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 25/06/2019 Rory Lynskey
a person standing in front of a building: The statue has been vandalized © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited The statue has been vandalized

Dublin locals have expressed outrage after a statue dedicated to iconic muscian Luke Kelly was 'mindlessly' defaced this afternoon.

The marble portrait head of Kelly, that was unveiled in Sheriff Street in January of this year, appears to have black spray paint across the artist's eyes.

The vandalism has been condemned as 'ridiculous' and 'mindless' by some Dubliners.

Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, described the defacing as 'sacrilegious'.

Luke Kelly, Bango player with 'The Dubliners' arrived in Sydney today for a concert tour.An Irish folk singer arrived in Sydney today and said he is 'glad to be out' of Ireland.He is Luke Kelly, 32, a member of the popular Irish folk group, The Dubliners.'Bombings and terrorist attacks are part of your daily life in Ireland,' he said at Sydney Airport.'You never believe it is going to happen to you, if you worried about the bombings you would never leave your home.' February 16, 1976. (Photo by Antony Linsen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images). Luke Kelly, Bango player with 'The Dubliners' arrived in Sydney today for a concert tour.An Irish folk singer arrived in Sydney today and said he is 'glad to be out' of Ireland.He is Luke Kelly, 32, a member of the popular Irish folk group, The Dubliners.'Bombings and terrorist attacks are part of your daily life in Ireland,' he said at Sydney Airport.'You never believe it is going to happen to you, if you worried about the bombings you would never leave your home.' February 16, 1976. (Photo by Antony Linsen/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).

She said: "Where is the respect for Luke Kelly's memory? Wanton disfigurement of such a bespoke unique sculpture as this is nothing short of sacreligious."

Councillor Anthony Flynn added that those responsible for the act are 'mindless and senseless'.

He said: "Absolute ridiculous act of vandalism, mocks the memory of an Inner City icon.

"Someone has to have seen this being done. Mindless and senseless, plenty of CCTV here.

"Has been reported to An Garda Siochana and Dublin City Council."

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