Racist graf­fiti on ‘Beach Bear’


Bray People - - NEWS -

THERE WAS wide­spread ou­trage at the ap­pear­ance of a racist slo­gan on the new ‘Beach Bear’ at Grey­stones shore­line.

Lo­cal man Paul Byrne who also com­piles the ‘Grey­stones Guide’ web­site said that he had pre­vi­ously re­moved sim­i­lar graf­fiti from a slab at the en­trance to Burn­aby Park.

He was very dis­ap­pointed to learn that the same slo­gan had ap­peared on the beach sculp­ture.

The sculp­ture was do­nated to the town re­cently by fam­ily mem­bers of the late Caro­line Dwyer-Hickey in mem­ory of the teacher. The Patrick O’Reilly cre­ation was in­stalled there in March. Caro­line died last year aged just 35 af­ter a nine-year bat­tle with cancer.

A fam­ily mem­ber re­moved the hate­ful slo­gan very shortly af­ter it was smeared on the bear.

‘It’s a shame that we have such idiots roam­ing our streets,’ said Paul.

‘I can’t be­lieve some people ac­tu­ally still think like that,’ said a Grey­stones woman. ‘ They should be named and shamed and brought home to their par­ents by the ear lugs.’

The very same slo­gan was scrawled on a bench over­look­ing the sea as far back as 2012.

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