Rory Gallagher, a small but appropriate tribute in an appropriate place sign now

This was submitted to the following:

Tenants of the building in question:
DIT Photography School / National Photographic Library / Dublin City Council / Office of Public Works /Temple Bar Properties for the erection of small but appropriate tribute to Rory Gallagher.

Proposed site:
In and around the Rory Gallagher Corner sign located on the National Photographic Library building at entrance to Meeting Square Temple Bar Dublin.

The Fender Stratocaster guitar celebrates its 50th birthday this year and Rory is one of the greatest musicians to use the Strat which he adapted and made his own, so much so theyve produced a signature tribute model which is an exact replica or his. Other legendary names associated with the Strat are Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck & Richie Blackmore, so theyre in great company!

Rory is an Irish cultural icon who had and has a huge fan base in Europe and throughout the world. I have no doubt that this piece will be a tourist attraction and a great cultural addition to the area.

Proposed piece:
Rorys Fender Strat in bronze.
We feel a guitar on its own is a more powerful cymbal of the spirit of Rory than a statue etc of him.
There will be no mention of retailers etc.

The cost of the production & erection of the proposed piece will be paid for by Musical Instrument Merchants of Dublin and or by Fender Musical Instrument Corporation.

Jim Flavin of Bronze Art Ltd who has erected many pieces around Dublin assures me that security is not an issue. The piece would be securely mounted at least 15 feet above street level

To Finish:
I attended a party in Frankfurt celebrating 50 years of the Stratocaster and spoke to the Fender Artist Liaison Manager who was more than enthusiastic about this idea as a tribute to Rory. He added that he is in touch with Rorys brother Donal and didnt foresee any problems if we are to go ahead.

Measurements and other specifications:
Overall length : 99cm Overall width : 32cm (at its widest point) Overall Depth : 5cm

NB this is a guitar shape as shown so has various dimensions and will not appear as big.
Please call me at your nearest convince to discuss this proposal in more detail.

All were helpful and enthusiastic with one exception, National Photographic Library, who replied to the OPW acting on my behalf with the following.

they are totally opposed to the idea as they feel it would adversely impact on the identity of the Archive

I consider this an insult to Rory, his contribution to Irish music and culture at home and all over the world, to his fans and to musicians in general. If you feel the same please sign this petition.


Mark Walsh
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Latest Signatures

  • 17 February 20161000. P H
    why not a statue of Rory with guitar? Where you live dublin
  • 14 February 2016999. John R
    RG gigs were always unforgettable and he was a genius with only a fraction of the recognition he deserved-tribute NOW! Where you live Lancaster, England
  • 12 February 2016998. Frans K
    Rory has earned it Where you live Netherlands
  • 10 February 2016997. James S
    Dublins greatest bluesman must be remembered Where you live consett co.durham
  • 09 February 2016996. Gillian R
    I support this petition
  • 05 February 2016995. Tom H
    Rory deserves this small memento, we will never see his likes again! Where you live Dublin
  • 02 February 2016994. Stef H
    Absolutely a brilliant idea for a rock legend. Where you live Corona/Norco Ca. Home of the Fender Musuem. Check it out when you have a chance!
  • 24 January 2016993. Mark D
    I support this petition
  • 18 January 2016992. Steve A
    I was touched by Rory's music at the earliest of ages.Twelve years old...and for my early adolescence myself and a fellow group of geordies used to trek to Newcastle City Hall to see Rory knock out music and performance which took us completely out of our
  • 18 January 2016991. Eddie M
    I support this petition
  • 10 January 2016990. Bach A
    Ð’ Where you live Paris, France
  • 05 January 2016989. Harley Jm
    Rory is hero to me, he deserves the recognition of Ireland and the world Where you live Florida
  • 31 December 2015988. Richie Or
    I support this petition
  • 29 December 2015987. Gerallt W
    Rory was not only a 20th century musical legend but also an Ambassador for the Blues and his country. Where you live England
  • 25 December 2015986. Amy O
    I support this petition
  • 07 December 2015985. Roger C
    Let's see the Strat! Where you live Asheville, NC (USA)
  • 06 December 2015984. Gary D
    Fantastic Idea! Where you live Galway
  • 04 December 2015983. Dave G
    God bless him. Great guitarist Where you live weare n.h. u.s.a.
  • 03 December 2015982. Cormac D
    I support this petition
  • 30 November 2015981. Phil P
    I support this petition
  • 22 November 2015980. Brian M
    The man deserves this at the very least Where you live Dublin
  • 20 November 2015979. Mark W
    this has to happen! rory deserves it so much! Where you live Dublin, Ireland
  • 19 November 2015978. Patrick H
    It's the right thing to do... Where you live Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 19 November 2015977. Olivia C
    statues fade and crumble, RORY GALLAGHER's music lives forever!... Where you live Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
  • 16 November 2015976. Carlos C
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015975. Maarten B
    why not give rory the tribute he so deserves Where you live Netherlands
  • 13 November 2015974. Cynthia J
    Rory was the best........... Where you live Canada

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Deirdre MontgomeryBy:
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Petition target:
National Photographic Library Temple Bar Dublin


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