‘Total disrespect to a seminal event in our nation’s history’

The signage stuck to the windows of the Government Offices which has been in place for five years

GROSSLY outdated adhesive posters stuck to the windows of the government offices in Killarney, to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, still haven’t been removed over five years later – despite repeated requests to have them taken down as a mark of respect to those the display purports to honour.

A leading figure in the Killarney tourism industry has highlighted the matter and, after privately raising his concerns with staff in the building on two separate occasions, he has now publicly urged those responsible to act.

The public building in Killarney which is home to a section of the government department responsible for the promotion of tourism

Retired hotelier Michael Rosney said five years ago this month, the commemorative signage was posted on the ground floor, front entrance windows on the landmark New Road building.

He said, at the time, he thought it was a very suitable and appropriate gesture to mark one of the most important and pivotal happenings in the long history of Ireland.

A partially concealed image of Roger Casement on one of the department windows

“Five years later, however, this signage is still in place and it is getting more tired, worn and tacky with each passing day,” Mr Rosney complained.

“I would even say that what was initially a gesture of respect to past generations has now become a shameful sign of total disrespect to a seminal event in our nation’s history,” he added.

Mr Rosney said it is somewhat ironic that the signage is featured on one of the larger and newer public buildings in Killarney which is home to a section of the government department responsible for the promotion of tourism in Ireland.

Michael Rosney: Highlighted the issue

The retired hotelier, who is very well known in the Irish hospitality industry, said it reflects no credit on the management of the building that they would allow the plastic signage to remain in place a full five years after the occasion it was designed to commemorate had passed.

“I sincerely request that the person or persons responsible for maintaining this complex immediately act to remove this dated and disrespectful signage,” Mr Rosney said in a social media post which was accompanied by a number of photographs of the building and the signage.

KillarneyToday.com contacted the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media about the matter and an official said they would look into the matter and get back to us. We will publish the response if it is received.