A memorial to singer Luke Kelly has been vandalised in Dublin’s inner city.
The Sheriff Street statue was one of two tributes to The Dubliners legend unveiled in the city earlier this year on the 35th anniversary of his death.
Local Councillor Christy Burke said the community is “outraged” after black paint was sprayed across the singer’s eyes.
“I know that the family will be hurt and devastated tonight and I know that the community is absolutely devastated,” he said.
“I am absolutely outraged; I actually feel so disturbed inside that I am virtually shaking.
“Really and truly, I never dreamt that this would happen.”
Absolute ridiculous act of vandalism, mocks the memory of an Inner City icon. Someone had to have seen this being done. Mindless and senseless, plenty of CCTV here. Has been reported to Gardai & @DubCityEnviro pic.twitter.com/Hzb7z6cbe7
— Cllr. Anthony Flynn (@AnthonyICHH) June 25, 2019
He called for anyone with any information on the culprits to pass it on to Gardaí.
“It is a sad evening at the end of the day but we won’t give up,” he said.
“The graffiti will be removed; the community will stand together, stronger and stronger and I know that they will continue to police the Luke Kelly statue.”
Councillor Burke worked with the Kelly family to get the statue erected in January of this year.