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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Richard Harris statue will bring "rowdy crowd"

The residents of Kilkee in Co. Clare are objecting to the creation of a statue of Richard Harris in the town because they fear it will draw a rowdy crowd to the area.

The project director behind the Richard Harris Memorial Committee Manuel di Lucia has said he is determined to go ahead with the project despite the local’s objections.

Speaking to RTE radio Mr. di Lucia said,

"I can’t comprehend this piece of objection, I can’t understand that. Phil Lynott was probably one of the biggest rock guys in Ireland. They have a statue of him in Dublin. How many people are standing around his statue at night causing problems?"

The statue of the Limerick man which is costing €40,000 will depict Harris playing racquet ball - a game at which he excelled, winning a competition four years in a row at the town.

The committee are determined that the statue will go up somewhere in the town on September 30th even if it’s not the preferred 1st choice of Wellington Square.

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