Racist graffiti on ‘Beach Bear’
VANDALS TARGET NEW LOCAL LANDMARK
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.