Seven Drunken Nights


This morning.


This morning.

South King Street, Dublin 2.

Via Newstalk:

Gardaí are investigating after white paint was thrown on the marble bust on Guild Street at around 11pm last night – the sixth time it has been vandalised.

No arrests have been made in connection with the latest incident and gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, the other statue of The Dubliners singer – located on South King Street, beside Stephen’s Green shopping centre – was also covered in white paint.

Both Luke Kelly Statues Vandalised (Newstalk)

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59 thoughts on “Seven Drunken Nights

  1. Charger Salmons

    Oh what a shame.
    I absolutely adore Luke Kelly’s version of On Raglan Road.
    Even better than that of Sinead O’Connor which is a beaut.
    I often think if Ireland had an official voice it would sound like Luke Kelly.

    1. scottser

      a shame indeed.
      but raglan road is a scourge of a song; i hear it done badly at nearly every session i play.

  2. TypeONegative

    Why always Luke Kelly though? A personal vendetta or simple mindless teenage scumbaggery?
    I pass the Guild Street bust often and I always feel a bit of relief when I see it unvandalised.

    1. Col

      Could it be because it always gets good press coverage? Is that half the fun of throwing paint on a statue?

  3. Skeptik

    What have they got against this statue? I can see the other one being divisive but this one is pretty benign.

      1. Kdoc

        I don’t think so. A lot of other statues ‘are there’, but don’t receive that treatment.

  4. Rob_G

    Well, if I understand the current mood correctly, if someone personally has a problem with a statue, they can go ahead and smash it or otherwise vandalise it.

    1. gallantman

      These vandals should be roundly condemned, unless they chanted Black Lives Matter in which case they should be universally praised.

  5. fluffybiscuits

    He was a proud man, look at his song Scorn not his simplicity which was about his son with down syndrome. The man was a legend.

  6. Toby

    Wondering if any of you get the irony that people laugh at a statue of Jesus being knocked down when he literally represented all things the woke love. Equality, empathy, love, acceptance.

    But they moan a statue of a male, patriarchal, boozing Glen Hansard type being painted over.

    1. Paulus

      There’s nothing in the crucifix item to suggest it was knocked as a result of vandalism; from the photo, it looks like it may just have been left lying there?

      The Kelly statue is clearly as a result of of utterly pointless vandalism.

    2. Vanessanelle

      Well Luke actually existed
      So did Churchill Coulston whatever yer having yerselves

      So what Jesus represents is barely a form hearsay

      Imagine this lads
      Replace all the Statues claiming to be Jesus with a leprechaun

      And Tinkerbell for his alleged Mam

      1. Toby

        Jesus was the wokest bloke ever. He has been saying woke stuff for 2000 years. He literally started the whole thing. Yes a clatter of hooligans have appropriated his schtick and misused it. But people have been butchering and misusing Luke for years as well and abusing the privilege he gave them.

        1. Janet, dreams of spidercrab and fancy pastries

          Then there was that time he got angry at a tree…..

          Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.

          Then he said to the tree,“May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

      2. Rob_G

        Historical Jesus almost certainly existed; he was mentioned by Josephus and several other Roman sources who would have had no particular grá for furthering the man’s legacy (quite the opposite, in fact).

    3. Janet, dreams of spidercrab and fancy pastries

      he also advised you to pluck out your own eyeballs should you look at another man’s wife or prize bull

      1. Toby

        Ah, did you scroll through Jesus’s timeline to find an offence?

        Let he who is without sin etc…..

        And its a fierce judgey world out there at the moment. Selective judgement of course. But the woke are having their judgement day and sending some to hell on earth. Others will be absolved for singing for homeless people. Be careful that you will reap what you sow!

        1. Janet, dreams of spidercrab and fancy pastries

          I went to Sunday school for years, I had Jesus up to the back teeth, no need to scroll, I’m riddled with Jesus whether I like it or not, and it’s not

          1. Toby

            He literally is the bible of wokeness. I have no idea why people wouldn’t be quoting him as they teach people how to behave. He has great lines. Plus he rocks a good beard.

            Would it be a matter of seeing the speck in someones eye while ignoring the log in your own?

          2. Janet, dreams of spidercrab and fancy pastries

            there’s nothing woke about a heavenly Father sitting in judgement

        2. Rob_G

          @ Toby, he also said that slaves should be dutiful and obey their masters.

          Certainly not the worst philosopher knocking around the Mediterranean at that time, but I would argue that there are better, if you were looking for someone’s maxims to live your life by.

          1. Toby

            True Rob, as was the custom of the time. But sure as you know, we are all only one mis tweet away from eternal damnation.
            Id be genuinely interested to hear who you recommend. Good to see the stoics, epicureans and a whole bunch of old philosophers being dusted down now as we realise the wisdom was there all along. We really don’t need to be taught how to be good according to some new doctrine created in the Irish times. its been there before us and will last longer than us. Its more than trendy, its truth. And if we are going to be taught to be good, then Jesus and his ilk would be a great place to start.

          2. Janet, dreams of spidercrab and fancy pastries

            Toby is giggling while he types this comic content,

          3. Vanessanelle

            With respect Tob
            And if we are going to be taught to be good, then Jesus and his ilk would be a great place to start.

            you need to get that message to the Religious Orders and everyone within and affiliated with The Vatican
            You know – the crowd that make their living, and a lot more besides, out of Jesus Christ

            Not the likes of us here on the internet

          4. Toby

            Vanessa, I agree that people took the legacy of Jesus and misused and abused it to a terrible degree, And the same is true for dodgy yogis, mad mullahs and religious freaks of all sorts. But Jesus was everything that we purport to value today, especially the wokesters.

            And I suppose the reason that folk on the internet need to hear it is because those woke folk are judging people every single day to the point of causing huge pain, discrimination, bullying, shaming, canceling and division. I really believe that the rush to older philosophies is a direct reaction to the cruel and clueless moral meandering of the woke. People recognise hypocrisy when they see it.

          5. Vanessanelle

            I can recognise hypocrisy alright Tobs

            those woke folk are judging people every single day to the point of causing huge pain, discrimination, bullying, shaming, canceling and division.

            ‘Suggest the operators, owners and vendors of Jesus Christ Inc, and their recruits and cheerleaders World Wide get their own houses in order before pointing the finger at the likes of me and calling me judgie

            mind you, I’d be happy to hear a few of yere confessions
            and give absolution, I have just the outfit n’all

            Penance – I’ll start making out a list. But I can promise ye lashing woodchip down on the border areas, and cleaning out the gutters will be in there

            btw, Tobs, I know you mean well and are sincere
            I’m just opening it out – bloggard that I am

    4. Slightly Bemused

      I am reminded of the scene in Good Omens (the TV series, not the book. Neil Gaiman added some excellent bits for the series) where Aziraphale and Crowley meet at the Crucifixion.
      Crowley asks Aziraphale “What did he do?”
      Aziraphale answers: “He told people to be nice to each other.”
      To which Crowley replies ” That’ll do it!”

    1. chimpy

      I think you may be right. Ive googled like a mad thing looking for any scandal on Luke Kelly back in the day but I cant find nothing.

  7. Vanessanelle

    Maybe tis my new awokening
    but does that square base
    Just plonked there
    On the paving tile circles
    irritate anyone else

    it looks like its in the wrong spot and is waiting to be moved to its correct location
    a just put there for now, lets leave it where it is kinda thing

  8. Help

    Maybe all statues need to be kept under secure conditions
    For evidently Irish people have no respect

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