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21st Feb 2018

PICS: There’s now a Luke Kelly mural in Dublin city centre, and it’s amazing

Michael Lanigan

Luke Kelly

It’s by the folks who painted the Kendrick Lamar and Stormzy murals.

Street art collective, SUBSET has unveiled its latest mural, which is a tribute to the late Dubliners singer, Luke Kelly.

Titled ‘Rocky Road to Dublin (City Council)’, a dig at Dublin City Council after they demanded that a Stormzy mural in Smithfield be removed over a lack of planning permission, the painting is also poking fun at several Reddit users, one of whom wrote that it is “One for all the Reddit heads crying over Kendrick”.

This is in response to a backlash the collective received on Reddit when their Kendrick Lamar mural – painted to coincide with his sold-out 3Arena gig – was criticised as a marketing scheme and for featuring a non-Irish artist.

It would seem they have taken inspiration from one specific user who asked: “Why can’t we get one of the likes of Luke Kelly or someone actually from Dublin?”

The work is located outside the nightclub Hangar, where the group has previously put up tributes to the Rubberbandits’ Blindboy and Dublin City Council in the shape of a grey Donald Trump.

We can probably all agree that a five foot Luke Kelly is a far more welcome sight than Donald Trump, even if they weren’t trying to praise the US President.

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