'Drop a live location and they'll find us': On the canvass in a feverish Dublin Bay South – TheJournal.ie

The Sacred Heart statue in Cathedral Lane. Source: The Journal

“IT’S FALLING TO bits.” 

Prospective TDs find out quickly on the campaign trail that all politics is indeed local, often exceptionally so. 

When Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan was canvassing for votes at near St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the issues raised was a Sacred Heart statue that hadn’t been properly cleaned in years. 

The statue stands proudly in the middle of the small cluster of houses at Cathedral Lane in Dublin’s south inner city. 

It’s encased in sunlight-faded perspex that’s drilled into the ground and could do with a lick of paint. 

It had been put there about 33 years ago and Mary, a local woman whose house is also referred to as the Sacred Heart, says her late husband Bernard had tended to it before he passed away. 

The statue was put

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