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Patrick Kavanagh statue restored after vandals' dodgy paint job

The statue had its feet painted red last month – but it’s now back to normal.

POET PATRICK KAVANAGH was gifted a pair of red shoes by sloppy-handed vandals last month, proving that sometimes we just can’t have nice things.

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Thankfully, the dodgy paint work has now been removed from the Irish bard’s feet, and he’s looking a little happier about the situation.

It took a team of specialists from the Cast Bronze Foundry in Dublin to remove the paint, but the result is pretty seamless:

photo (17) Source: Aoife Barry/

The bronze statue – which belongs to Dublin City Council and was created by artist John Coll – sits at the edge of the Grand Canal on the south side of Dublin, overlooking its green waters.

It’s not the first time someone has decided to spruce it up a bit: last year, a kind soul furnished Kavanagh with a poncho during some bad weather.

At least that item could be removed easily. Future statue stylists, take note.

Read: Specialist cleaning of Patrick Kavanagh statue required after vandalism>

Previously: Someone put a rain coat on Patrick Kavanagh>

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