Dublin will honor it's native Luke Kelly on Wednesday with the unveiling of two statues and a tribute concert
Luke Kelly is set to be honored in his native Dublin this week with the unveiling of two statues, as well as a tribute concert.
On Wednesday, January 30, the 34th anniversary of Kelly's death, two separate statues honoring the late Luke Kelly will be unveiled in Dublin, one on the north side of the city, and one on the south.
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will be officially unveiling the two Luke Kelly statues, which were crafted by John Coll and Vera Klute.
The southside statue, placed at South King Street, will be revealed at 2 pm, and the northside statue, placed at Royal Canal, Guild Street/Sheriff Street, will be unveiled at 3:30 pm.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring will also be on hand for the unveilings.
On Twitter, Mick O’Keeffe shared a sneak peek of the southside Luke Kelly statue as it was being installed:
New Luke Kelly statue near Sherriff Street....I like it.... pic.twitter.com/Z1tbOo9oew— Mick O'Keeffe (@okmick) January 27, 2019
TheJournal shared a snap of the northside statue:
Luke Kelly is back on the streets of Dublin today as a bronze statue of the Dubliner is installed on South King Street. pic.twitter.com/Ap2MDz1nO4— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) January 29, 2019
And Barry Whyte shared this video on Twitter:
A new marble statue of Luke Kelly has been unveiled on King Street South in Dublin pic.twitter.com/aiqLbMqt6J— Barry Whyte (@BarryWhyte85) January 29, 2019
The Irish Times reports that following the unveiling of the two statues, some of Ireland’s greatest talents will come together for ‘The Legend of Luke Kelly’ tribute concert at Liberty Hall in Dublin.
Among those attending are the sole remaining member of The Dubliners John Sheahan; actor and singer Glen Hansard; spoken-word artist Natalya O’Flaherty; and singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey.
Andy Irvine, Finbar Furey, Aoife Scott, Ian Lynch, and George Murphy are also reported as attending. The show kicks off at 8 pm.
Watch Luke Kelly and The Dubliners performing 'Rock Road to Dublin' in 1976 here: