Off the wall attack on estate nameplate

The damaged insert on the stone wall in St Brendan’s Place

AN attractive natural stone wall with a limestone insert, which was erected earlier this year to mark the golden jubilee of a mature Killarney estate, has been targeted in a wanton act of vandalism.

The sign is located at the edge of a well-kept green area in St Brendan’s Place, in the shadow of Fitzgerald Stadium, and it was built and expertly finished by a professional stonemason.

Mike Neeson: Chairman of the Kilcoolaght Residents’ Association

It was commissioned by residents, with support from Killarney Municipal District Council, and it was erected to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the estate.

Close-knit resident in the very tranquil area were upset to discover that the sign had been damaged in a mysterious attack with black paint or thick oil daubed on the limestone nameplate insert. The inscription is in the Irish and English language with the message: Pobal Faoi Bhlath to promote positive community spirit.

The Chairman of the Kilcoolaght Residents’ Association, Mike Neeson, said it was upsetting and disappointing as a lot of work went into the planning and creation of the structure which was erected after an open air Mass to celebrate the 50th jubilee.

“The matter has been reported to the gardai and they are investigating. We have also asked them to increase surveillance in the area, particularly at night,” Mr Neeson told Killarney Today.com.

The Kilcoolaght Residents’ Association represents those living in six local estates – St Brendan’s Place, Marian Terrace, Torc Terrace, Dalton’s Avenue, Bishop Moynihan Crecent and O’Kelly’s Villas.

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