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Tourist spot hit by graffiti

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 4:56pm

The chairperson of Blarney Tidy Towns has described an outbreak of graffiti in the village as unacceptable.

Over the weekend, Blarney – famed for its castle, the Blarney Stone and woollen mills – was the subject of vandalism, with primary and secondary schools and the local church all targeted.

This follows recent graffiti attacks in Mallow and Adrian O’Connell, the chair of the Tidy Towns committee, has decried what he calls “acts of violence”.

“Judging by what’s happening in Mallow, it seems to be happening in every town and village,” he told Patricia Messenger on C103’s Cork Today programme.

“We in the Tidy Towns pride ourselves on our village, we want to keep it clean and tidy and graffiti-free, for ourselves to enjoy it and, more importantly, for people that come to our village.

“These acts of violence are not acceptable. No matter what building it’s on, it’s an act of vandalism.

“The fact that it’s on the church probably makes it that little bit worse, and our schools, where our kids go every day.

“It’s a crying shame, it’s a disgrace.”

The committee will offer assistance to help with the job in reversing this defacement.

“We’re always there to offer our help and if the schools and the church want our help, we’d volunteer it,” O’Connell said.

“It’s very important to mention that we are volunteers, to help keep our community clean and tidy. If the school and the church want our help in any way at all, we will offer it.”

Blarney came first in the local anti-litter challenge earlier this year, and O’Connell is concerned that incidents like this could reflect badly.

“That’s the fear we have, because this is becoming widespread,” he said.

“It’s not acceptable, no matter what. These people need to be stopped – not just in Blarney, but all around the country.”

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