Luke Kelly's death 'like losing a brother', says Dubliner John Sheahan

Dubliner John Sheahan has revealed that the death of his band’s legendary frontman Luke Kelly was like losing a brother.

The musician speaks about his bond with the singer in a new documentary tracing the colourful story of how two Luke Kelly statues ended up being unveiled on the same day last January.

Sheahan said his late bandmate would be amused to find two statues had been put up to mark the 35th anniversary of his death.

“What would Luke think about it? He’d say they have little to be doing, doing a statue of me,” he said in the documentary.

Sheahan said Kelly’s death at 44 had a huge impact on him, adding: “When Luke died, it was literally like losing a brother from a family.

“There was a real sense of bereavement and loss there, especially at such a young age. He was only 44, he had so much more to give.”

The documentary catalogues how the quest to have a statue of Kelly began almost 15 years ago. Two Lukes will be shown tomorrow on RTE One at 6.30pm.

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