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Double Dublin honour for the late Luke Kelly

Luke Kelly was one of our greatest traditional singers, as both a member of the legendary Dubliners and a solo performer, and was mourned not just across Ireland but around the world when he died at the age of 43 after suffering a brain tumour.

Efforts to commemorate him through a statue in his native city were surrounded by a number of delays down the years and did not come to fruition until the 35th anniversary of his passing yesterday.

Two different sculptures of the iconic figure were unveiled in the course of the day by President Michael D Higgins, one at South King Street in the city centre and the other close to his place of birth at Sheriff Street.

It was an appropriate if slightly unusual turn of events which underlined the simple fact that Mr Kelly throughout his short but outstanding career never did things by halves.

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