One of the oldest cottages in the Crosshaven area, owned by civic-minded local, Pierce O’Keeffe, was ransacked by a gang, believed to be drunken youths.
Up to €20,000 worth of damage was done to the old cottage, which overlooks the stunning Graball Beach in Crosshaven.
Rocks were thrown through the windows and there was widespread damage to the kitchen, dining room and bedroom.
Mr O’Keeffe returned to assess the destruction to his beloved cottage yesterday and to board up windows following the shocking weekend incident.
A father to four sons, Pierce is a well-known member of the Crosshaven community and led a project to rebuild the steps and pathway down to Graball Beach.
Family friend and neighbour, Chris Maverley, said: “I was with Pierce when he got a call from another neighbour saying there was glass broken in his cottage. He went down to check it out and came back very distressed.”
Pierce lived in the cottage until two years ago, whereas now it’s a holiday home for when he goes to visit his mother and sisters, who still live in Crosshaven.