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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Vandalism

Last month
August 2023
Molly Malone statue vandalised for the second time in a week
The words ’7 years bad luck’ were painted in green over black paint on the statue’s chest.
'Grave concern' for Ireland's national heritage sites as vandalism is on the rise
A report by
Jamie McCarron
Significant monuments that have been targeted this year include the Glendalough Deerstone and Tara’s Stone of Destiny.
Many sites have been targeted, including perhaps the country's most famous stone: the Lia Fáil at the Hill of Tara.
Illegal metal detecting, damage to stone structures and instances of graffiti are all increasing.
A ghostly Famine-era village and a Pirate Queen castle: Put Achill on your 'to-do' list
One for the weekend: A trip around the historic Beara peninsula
Molly Malone statue to be cleaned 'as soon as possible' after being vandalised with black paint
Local councillor Ray McAdam said he is ‘annoyed and frustrated that a popular tourist attraction has been targeted and defaced’.
Suspected criminal fire at Ballybrack house that was site of anti-immigrant protest and vandalism
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the incident.
Glendalough's ancient Deer Stone monument damaged by fire in act of vandalism
The fire is believed to have been lit last Thursday night.
This year
2023
'Most of the paint' removed from Hill of Tara stone after vandalism, says OPW
The stone was vandalised earlier in the week and graffitied with the word ‘fake’ in blue paint.
‘Mindless’ and ‘ugly’ vandalism of 5,000-year-old Hill of Tara standing stone condemned
The Lia Fáil standing stone was damaged some time between Monday evening and yesterday morning.
Last year
2022
Concerns mount as fresh wave of vandalism on US power grids
The latest incident happened on Christmas Day and knocked out power for 14,000 customers in Tacoma, a port city area south of Seattle.
Minister backtracks on comments made about climate activists throwing soup at artworks
‘I am in no way advocating that anyone follows this example,’ Minister of State Ossian Smyth has said.
Man disguised as woman in a wheelchair arrested after smearing Mona Lisa with cake at Louvre
The painting was not damaged due to its bulletproof glass case.
All time
Over 200 Dart carriages vandalised since January at a cost of over €500k
Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell has called for a dedicated transport police to tackle rising incidents of anti-social behaviour.
Graffiti in English and German found on Auschwitz barracks
Museum officials characterised some of the graffiti as anti-Semitic and echoing phrases used by Holocaust deniers.
Mural of activist Greta Thunberg in Dublin city centre vandalised
The mural is painted on a wall on Chancery Street.
Investigation underway after 20 bins set alight in Dublin overnight
Gardaí said no injuries were reported in the incident.
Banksy's Valentine's Day mural in Bristol covered up following ‘mindless vandalism’
The elusive artist had confirmed he was behind the piece by posting two images of it on social media.
24-hour security for Cork cemetery after thousands in damage caused to graves
Gardaí are investigating the incident in which 20 headstones were knocked off their plinths.
'Blatant disrespect': David Attenborough mural vandalised with 'climate hoax' graffiti
Dublin City Council ordered the removal of the mural early this year.
Vandals drill through 88 solar-powered lights in Co Cork
The lights cost over €4,500 to install last month.
Free Derry sign graffitied with support for British soldier facing prosecution for Bloody Sunday murders
Soldier F is set to be charged with the murder of two people killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972.
Garda investigation launched after newly opened Cork park vandalised overnight
Substantial damage was caused to a green area in Tramore Valley Park on South Douglas Road.
Head of 800-year-old mummy stolen from crypt of St Michan's Church in Dublin
The Church of Ireland said the crypt was badly damaged by vandals.
Police investigate after statue of US sailor kissing nurse is spray-painted with '#MeToo'
Police in Sarasota launched an investigation into who caused the damage – repairs were estimated to be worth $1,000.
'Senseless. Stupid. Ignorant': Karl Marx memorial in London vandalised for second time this month
Red paint was thrown over the tomb of the 19th century philosopher.
'A juvenile act': World War I sculpture cleaned up after being vandalised with paint overnight
“I’d be very sad about it, and the ignorance of people,” one passer-by said.
Garda probe after memorial to Mayo murder victim vandalised
Gardaí are investigating.
Republican group stages 'action against colonialism' by spraying over 'Victoria' on Dublin street sign
It began this campaign by painting over at least three signs on Victoria Road in Killiney in south Dublin.
Delays remain on Irish Rail services after vandals break in and destroy signalling equipment
Delays of up to 90 minutes were expected this evening.
PSNI launches investigation into vandalism of iconic Game of Thrones location in Antrim
Paint has been sprayed on road signs in the vicinity of the Dark Hedges in Antrim.
'There's outrage and rightly so': Defibrillator vandalised for the second time in six months in Cork
Willie Walsh from Mallow Search and Rescue called it a “complete act of reckless vandalism”.
Man (24) acquitted of drawing homophobic graffiti and swastika on The George
Eoin Berkeley had pleaded not guilty to causing criminal damage.
Investigation launched after life-saving defibrillator 'smashed' on Limerick street
The medical device is worth in the region of €2,000, and had been made available on the public street following a local fundraising drive.
Vandals destroy Messi statue for the second time this year
The Barcelona forward’s legs were cut off.
Memorial to Irish people who died in wars damaged in Sligo
Poppy wreaths were placed in Rosses Point ahead of Remembrance Day next weekend.
Proposed legislation could see people who damage life-saving equipment sent to jail
A defibrillator in Mallow was vandalised over the weekend.
Dublin street art: 'We would work as fast as we could to avoid getting caught and arrested'
Street art has emerged from the shadows and is now firmly in the mainstream, writes Dublin street artist Solus.
€1 million spent on graffiti removal in Dublin city every year - but it's not disappearing fast
The south east area of the city received the most complaints about graffiti every year.
Brick thrown through window of ambulance parked at Dublin hospital
The incident happened in the early hours of this morning.
Vandalism in south Dublin continues despite €20,000 investment in CCTV system
The council recently spent €20,000 on the security set-up.
'We could have been killed': Locals worried about number of fires being set in north Dublin suburb
The most recent fire was in a wheelie bin outside a woman’s house – it caused extensive damage to her windows and the exterior wall.
'It's insidious behaviour': Limerick church vandalised for a third time in two weeks
The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary has had its windows broken and lead flashing removed from the building.