The film was at its strongest in evoking the enduring affection for the folk singer, especially around his native Sheriff Street
A delightful, beautiful, heart warming little documentary with a big soul
2019, 24 Mins, RTÉ One
This short documentary film tells a unique, and colourful story celebrating cherished Dublin icon Luke Kelly and the creation of two very different pieces of public art that get unveiled to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his death.
You wait years for a statue of Luke Kelly and then two come along at once. On 30 January 2019, President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, unveiled two separate sculptures, on either side of the Liffey, of the legendary musician, social activist and singer with The Dubliners. The unveilings coincide with the 35th anniversary of his death. This documentary tells the entertaining story of how the people of Dublin ended up with two very different public sculptures of their hero, Luke Kelly.
“What would Luke think about it? He’d say they have little to be doing, doing a statue of me”. John Sheahan, The Dubliners.
This short documentary tells the unique, and colourful story around the creation of the two pieces of public art, while also celebrating this cherished Dublin icon. Luke Kelly died from a brain tumour in 1984, aged just 43. Throughout, we sprinkle the unmistakable sounds of Kelly’s singing voice, as well as some unheard audio interviews from the 1970’s. We remind people of the uniqueness of Kelly, showing why his city holds him in such esteem.
“It’s remarkable. They’re putting up two statues to Luke. Elvis didn’t even get that!” Gerry Fay, Sheriff Street & old friend.
With contributions from artists Vera Klute and John Coll, members of Dublin City Arts Office, John Kelly (Luke’s brother), John Sheahan (The Dubliners), Des Geraghty, Christy Burke and locals from the North Inner City, our story ends with the magical day when both statues of Luke are unveiled.
Thirty-five years after his untimely departure, the city is bringing two very different versions of their favourite son back to life.
Produced for Dublin City Council and RTÉ
Camera – Rónan Fox,
Additional Camera – Adrian McCarthy
Sound & Stills – Gregory Dunn
Executive Producer – Martha O’Neill
Executive Producer, RTÉ – Sarah Ryder
Editor – Brenda Morrissey
Producer / Director – Adrian McCarthy