Saturday 7 December 2019

OMG! Ross O'Carroll-Kelly has his own heritage trail

Ross O'Carroll-Kelly
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly
Part of the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly heritage trail

John Spain

Ross O'Carroll-Kelly is being honoured with his own heritage trail or, as he calls it, his Walk Of Fame. A series of plaques commemorating landmark moments in his life are being erected all over his beloved South Dublin.

Most of the 10 plaques are already up at sites that include the following:

l Lillie's Bordello, Grafton Street - where Ross broke the hearts of more than 1,500 women between 2001 and 2006.

* Kielys pub in Donnybrook - where Ross has been bringing happiness to the lives of women since 1998.

* Blackrock College - where Ross failed the entrance exam three times (inset).

* Merrion Inn - where Ross drank when he should have been at UCD.

* Elverys, Sussex Street - where Ross bought his first rugby ball in 1985, aged five.

The plaques are being funded by Ross's publisher, Penguin Ireland, to mark the publication of the latest book in the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series. The new book, titled Keeping up with the Kalashnikovs, will see sales of the Ross books pass the one million mark. It's at No 1 in the Easons bestsellers list this week.

As well as the plaques, Penguin are marking this milestone by also organising an online petition for more recognition for the greatest rugby player never to play for Ireland. They want Ross to replace the Molly Malone statue, which has been removed temporarily from Grafton Street while paving works are under way. It's justified, Penguin says, because Ross is both a cultural icon and famous wit.

"Sign the online petition to replace Molly Malone on Grafton Street with Ross O'Carroll-Kelly. Say goodbye to the Tart with the Cart - and hello to the Ledge with the Wedge," the Ross website says.

The petition calls on Dublin City Council to have Molly replaced by "an actual South Dublin hero - the man who taught Johnny Sexton everything he knows."

Ross fans can vote - several hundred have already signed the online petition - by logging on to:

www.change.org/p/dublin-city-council-replace-molly-malone-in-grafton-street-with-ross-o-carroll-kelly

 

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