Recurring incidents of vandalism at a holy grotto on Blarney Road have been blasted as “disrespectful and shocking” by former Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald.
The Fianna Fail councillor who lives in the area said that the local residents are aware of the graffiti that is being done to two holy statues in the grotto at the end of the road.
Mr Fitzgerald also said that the Gardai had been informed of the issue and were monitoring activity in the area after the statues had been marked with red paint on a number of occasions over the past three weeks.
Speaking to The Echo, Mr Fitzgerald said: “It’s the Calvary Cross. It is a symbolic peaceful place where people stop and pray for their loved ones.
“It is shocking to see this repeated vandalism, especially on Easter weekend.” The local councillor went on to say it was uplifting to see the community spirit that pulled together to clean the statues after each incident.
“I know a number of people locally clean the statues. I feel sorry for the people committed and dedicated to the upkeep of the area.” Mr Fitzgerald also said that the caretaking residents were possibly cocooning in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic at the moment and other residents had stepped in to clean the holy figures.
“I hope the Gardai treat this as a matter of urgency, it is utterly disrespectful, it is a peaceful place and I would encourage anyone passing within the vicinity of their 2km radius to report any suspicious activity to Gurranabraher Gardai on 021-4946200.