Carrantuohill cross back in place


THE mindless vandals that uprooted the giant cross at the summit of Carrauntoohil have got an answer they probably never expected after a proud community reinstated the steel structure to its rightful place within a week.

The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum supervised the mammoth task of re-erecting the five meter cross on Saturday and it now stands proudly on top of the 1,038m peak.

A dedicated team of volunteers scaled the mountain to ensure the cross was put back in place and the work was overseen by height work specialist Mike O’Shea, staff from the Liebherr container cranes plant in Fossa, Beaufort Community Council embers and local landowners.

The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum have thanked all those who offered their support and assistance and a spokesman said there would be many opportunities in the future to help with projects in the Reeks area, such as remedial works to prevent further erosion.

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