Van­dals de­stroy statue of Vir­gin

April 1984

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

VAN­DALS have de­mol­ished a mon­u­ment ded­i­cated to the Vir­gin Mary on a road­side just out­side the North Wick­low vil­lage of Kil­macanogue.

And now the Dublin man who put up the statue over 10 years ago is search­ing for a re­place­ment to put in the grotto be­side the Kil­macanogue-Round­wood road. Char­lie Duffy of Wind­mill Road, Crum­lin, erected the statue af­ter re­turn­ing from a trip to Lour­des with his wife Kathleen.

Over the years the statue, weigh­ing al­most one tonne, be­came a fa­mil­iar and land­mark to lo­cal people. Now how­ever, it has been smashed to pieces by van­dals and both the Duffys and lo­cal people are very up­set over the in­ci­dent.

Said lo­cal man Tom Mul­li­gan, ‘It was a re­ally ter­ri­ble thing to do. Ev­ery­one in the area was shocked and hor­ri­fied by this act.’

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