Rory Gallagher: Belfast Statue of Rock Legend Gets Approval
A statue of Irish rock and blues legend, Rory Gallagher, is to be put up at Belfast's Ulster Hall, reports BBC News.
Belfast City Council's planning committee gave the proposal the go-ahead at a meeting on Tuesday night (Oct. 18). The statue will be put up on Bedford Street at the side of the hall, where Gallagher played regularly throughout the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It was at a time when many other musicians and bands chose to stay away.
The proposal for the statue was made to the council by the Wilgar Community Forum in east Belfast. The decision will now go before the full council for approval.
The statue will be placed at the side of the Ulster Hall near the front entrance.
Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, Donegal and spent part of his childhood in Londonderry before moving to Cork and making headlines with his band Taste in the late 1960s. Rory Gallagher died in June 1995 at the age of 47.