Thursday, January 10, 2019

ANOTHER  great Athy musician will be honoured at the weekend as part of the Made of Athy project which honours the more famous among us with links to the town.

This weekend a plaque will be unveiled to Jack Lukeman at Ann’s Place, at the corner of Garter Lane and Emily Square, in recognition of a song he wrote on his Universe album about Garter Lane.

Other musical greats to receive a plaque have included Johnny Marr from the Smiths and Mani from the Stone Roses, both of whom have connections to the town.

Jack Lukeman still lives in Athy and is a well known and much loved singer songerwriter and his plaque is expected to draw a large crowd.

The unveiling takes places at 2pm on Sunday and he will be joined by the Four Strings and The Truth ukulele band.

Colm Walsh, who came up with the idea for the project, said it is great to celebrate the local heritage.

“People really like it,” he said.

“An awful lot of people emigrated in less than ideal circumstances and to have them come back and celebrate their heritage is really positive.”

Forces behind the project include Patricia Berry from Athy Town Traders, arts officer Lucina Russell and local councillors.

Prize winning photographer John Minihan will be next in line for a plaque. The famous camerman, who was raised in Athy, captured iconic photographs of Samuel Beckett, a job he was offered by the playwight when he chronicled a set of photographs from Athy at Cathy Tyrrell’s wake.

On 31 May the Princess Grace library in Monaco will host a lecture with John Minihan on Beckett and the wake.

24 different plaques will be erected in the town by the end of the year.

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By Lynda Doyle
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