Deer re­turn ap­peal falls on deaf ears



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.

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