Wednesday 28 September 2016

Who needs Copacabana when you have Salthill? 'Christ the Redeemer' visits Galway

Cian Murray

Published 09/08/2016 | 18:58

Christ the Redeemer comes to Galway.
Christ the Redeemer comes to Galway.

A little bit of Brazil magic on Ireland's west coast.

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Swimmers in Galway Bay must have thought they'd been magically transported to Rio de Janeiro this morning, as a replica of the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue was staring back at them.

The replica was erected near the diving board in Salthill to support Ireland's Olympic heroes who are currently taking on the world in Brazil.

The eye-catching 14.5ft high and 13ft white marble replica was carved with a chainsaw in a secret location in Tonabrucky by sculptor MacDaragh Lambe.

Christ the Redeemer comes to Galway.
Christ the Redeemer comes to Galway.

It will now be transported to the roof of the Galway Business School for the duration of the games.

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