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Image: Don O'Sullivan of Impact Our Community Matters group
Image: Don O'Sullivan of Impact Our Community Matters group

UPDATED: Cork city green area vandalised just a month after opening 

A GREEN area in Knocknaheeny was vandalised over the weekend, just a month after it was opened.

Residents in the area of Killary Green woke up yesterday morning to see flower beds torn up and the flowers discarded around the area.

Don O'Sullivan of the Impact Our Community Matters group said residents came together to clean up the area after the incident, after a call was made on social media for help to tidy up the damage.

He said: "The residents came out and replanted the shrubs and plants."

Killary Green has been developed as part of the City Northwest Quarter Regeneration scheme.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Tony Fitzgerald said he was in Killary Green himself on Saturday and saw plants which had been pulled up.

He said: "I saw it myself on Saturday and replanted a few shrubs."

He said that young people in the area use the green area for recreation. But he said everyone needs to be encouraged to enjoy it, instead of pulling up the flowers and shrubs.

Cork City Council is demolishing 450 homes as part of the regeneration, and replacing them with 650 houses and apartments at a cost of 170 million euro. According to the council, the adopted master plan outlines a comprehensive rolling programme of housing demolition and construction over a 12-year period. This will be accompanied with associated social economic and environmental measures.

The regeneration plan also consists of mixed tenure including social voluntary and private housing.

The Echo previously reported this occurred in the Beara Drive area, but it has come to light today that it took place in the Killary Green area.