Friday 28 July 2017

'Callous' vandals attack 1916 memorial wall

The 1916 Necrology Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery, which was vandalised with paint bombs. Photo: Conor Ó Mearáin
The 1916 Necrology Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery, which was vandalised with paint bombs. Photo: Conor Ó Mearáin
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A special remembrance wall listing the names of all who lost their lives in the 1916 Rising has been vandalised at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Gardaí at Mountjoy station are investigating the paint attack on the Necrology Wall, unveiled last year as part of the 1916 centenary commemorations.

The incident happened some time on Saturday night or in the early hours of yesterday. It was discovered at 9.30am yesterday when staff opened the cemetery to the public.

The affected wall was immediately covered up, as cemetery management contacted gardaí and organised a team of cleaners to restore the wall once gardaí had examined the scene forensically.

"Glasnevin Trust can confirm that the Necrology Wall, unveiled as part of the 1916 centenary commemoration and listing the names of all who lost their lives in the Rising, was vandalised at Glasnevin Cemetery during the night," a cemetery spokesman said.

"This was an act of callous vandalism. Glasnevin Trust is currently engaging with gardaí on the matter and will not be commenting further," he added.

Gardaí at Mountjoy confirmed the matter had been reported to them and an investigation was ongoing.

No arrests had been made by yesterday evening.

The attack on the Necrology Wall is the second time in recent months that the cemetery has been targeted by vandalism.

In a separate and unrelated attack in January, the grave of former president and taoiseach Éamon de Valera was attacked with paint.

Irish Independent

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