Thursday 29 January 2015

Vandals target iconic Kavanagh statue by canal

Cormac Murphy

Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30

The vandalised Patrick Kavanagh statue by the Grand Canal

THE famous Patrick Kavanagh statue on the Grand Canal in Dublin has been defaced.

Red paint was sprayed on the shoes of the memorial, which was unveiled by President Mary Robinson in 1991.

Inspired by Kavanagh's poem 'Lines Written On A Seat On The Grand Canal, Dublin', the statue was created by Irish figurative sculptor John Coll.

A Dublin City Council spokesperson told the Irish Independent: "We are arranging to get the statue cleaned as soon as possible."

However, last night Mr Coll said he welcomed all types of "interaction" with the statue. "He has been donned with a shower cap, a rain poncho, a knitted scarf and most hilariously with a plaster cast on one foot."

"No harm done. Some solvents will remove the paint."

Irish Independent

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