Deer return appeal falls on deaf ears
RDA INTENDS TO REPLACE STOLEN PARK SCULPTURE
THE RATHDRUM Development Association is hoping to replace the deer stolen from the Parnell Memorial Park now that its safe return looks highly unlikely.
The deer sculpture was commissioned and paid for by the RDA to mark Wicklow's 400th anniversary celebrations in 2006.
It was stolen overnight three weeks ago with an angle grinder used to cut away the deer from its base.
Appeals were made for the returns of the deer, and the culprits were guaranteed complete anonymity if it was returned. However, close to three weeks have now passed since it first went missing.
‘ It will be greatly missed,' says Jimmy Olohan of the RDA.
‘ We paid for it ourselves, commissioned it and sent it off to be galvanised and sprayed. We even selected the wording ourselves. We carried out everything that needed to be done.'
There had been a number of reported sightings of the deer but none which could be confirmed.
Now the RDA intend to replace the stolen sculpture. One small local child offered a set of antlers as a replacement deer, while there are also a number of offers from the community to run events to help raise funds for a replacement.
‘ We would be grateful for any fundraising events. We would also be delighted if anyone wanted to make contributions toward replacing the deer,' adds Mr. Olohan.
The deer sculpture which was stolen.