BUSINESS owners on Barrack Street are 'disappointed and angry' after a number of homes and commercial properties were defaced with graffiti over the weekend.
A large number of properties in the area, including Japanese restaurant Miyazaki, coffee shop Alchemy and several homes, were spray-painted over the weekend.
It is part of a 'growing epidemic' in the area, according to local councillors.
Takashi Miyazaki, the celebrated chef behind Miyazaki on Evergreen Street, said he was 'sad and disappointed' to see the damage.
He was offering cooking demos at Electric Picnic festival over the weekend and saw pictures of the graffiti online.
"I was sad and disappointed, and then I got angry," he said.
"I was promoting Cork and selling the story of the city when this happened. Everywhere I go, I tell people how Barrack Street has been so welcoming. I love the area and the people and that makes this so disappointing to see."
Mr Miyazaki said he was planning to reach out to Cork City Council's litter department to help remove the graffiti, which can be spotted the length of Barrack Street and in a number of nearby residential areas, including Greenmount.
Local councillor Mick Finn said that action needs to be taken.
"It has been a problem for a while but it hit a peak this weekend when a lot of commercial and private property was damaged," he said.
"I think Cork City Council needs to get a better grip on it and clamp down before it becomes even more of an epidemic."