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March 22, 2005
: It was a labour of love which captured the imagination of an entire city, and today, years of hard work were rewarded  with the unveiling of a sculpture to the memory of Josef Locke in Derry, his home town.
   Hundreds of people, including Josef's wife Carmel and daughter Yvette, saw Derry songwriter and musician Phil Coulter and politician John Hume unveil the 6'3" work of art in the grounds of the City Hotel, a short step from the River Foyle.
   Carmel said "I'm just overwhelmed with everyone's kindness, and the generosity from the people of Derry who have done so much to make this possible. It is a huge tribute to be honoured in the city where you were born."
   And Phil Coulter said:" Of all of the talent we have produced in the city, nobody ever got the profile of Josef Locke, nobody succeeded in such a spectacular way as Josef."

 

'It is a huge tribute to be honoured in the city where you were born'
Mrs Carmel McLaughlin

 'Nobody succeeded in such a spectacular way as Josef'
Phil Coulter

 

 'It's an historic day for the city. It's an important day for the city'
Mayor Gearoid Ó hÉara

Verbatim report of unveiling speeches
The unveiling captured on film
Verbatim report of the unveiling speeches Michael Sheerin's sculpture brochure in PDF format