Luke Kelly statue falls victim to recession

Singer Luke KellyDublin’s planned statue of Luke Kelly has become a victim of Ireland’s economic woes. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) had agreed to install a statue to honour the Dubliners legend at a cost of €85,000, but it has since retracted its promise because of its own financial difficulties. “Recently when the DDDA were brought before the council they made it very clear that there was no funding available,” according to Councillor Christy Burke. You were looking at €85,000, and I didn’t think that the DDDA were that short of funding that they couldn’t honour Luke. I was disappointed for Luke and his family, because meetings had been going back and forth for the planning and for locations for the statue.” A DDDA spokesperson said: “Docklands CEO Gerald A. Kelly stated recently due to the present economic conditions the authority is in no position to contribute financially to the project.” Cllr Burke, who first suggested the statue six years ago, said he has been left with no choice but to plead with U2 singer Bono — along with Phil Coulter and Enya — for the cash needed after funding for the memorial was withdrawn. Cllr Burke told Joe Duffy on Radio Eireann: “Bono said he’d never met him but that he was a great fan, and Mr Coulter sang with him, and Enya is out there in her Dalkey Castle as well. There’s also Chris De Burgh. “If they all got together, the money could be found. Luke would have been the main man at the time, and he was an ambassador for Ireland when he was abroad. He was a most respected figure. “Maybe some good guardian angel will come forward. I’m going to try and find a sponsor — this statue is a long time coming. Maybe the music industry and its senior figures would come together with their thoughts about Luke,” Cllr Burke added. Profile of Luke Kelly

1 Response for “Luke Kelly statue falls victim to recession”

  1. Ben Dijsselhof says:

    Luke was by distance the musical embassador of not only Irish music but also the Irish heart.
    His peronalty and his voice still give me the true eccence of the musical message of Irelands joy and griefe.
    A statue not at O’Connelstreet , there are enough ,but somewhere along the sidewalk at the Liffey river would be beautiful.
    If you would like it I will come to play my pipes when it is put in its place.
    Best regards Ben Dijsselhof
    The Netherlands

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