Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Drinking party' sees six lifebouys set on fire at popular tourist spot - as 40 destroyed so far this summer

Catherine Devine

Published 25/06/2016 | 09:18

Kilkenny Castle. Photo: Deposit
Kilkenny Castle. Photo: Deposit

Lifesaving equipment was stolen and burned during a “drinking party” putting lives at risk in Kilkenny City.

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Six lifebuoys were set on fire by a gang at Kilkenny Castle along the River Nore on Wednesday night.

Local Fine Gael Cllr Patrick O’Neill said that “one stolen lifebuoy could lead to one stolen life”.

“Over 40 lifebuoys have been damaged in the last couple of weeks. This act of vandalism is life-threatening and has cost the council around €4,000 so far this year,” he said.

“Bins in the area have also been damaged costing another €1,000- €2,000.”

O’Neill said that it’s hard to catch the gangs because the lack of CCTV in the area but that the Kilkenny County Council are working closely with the gardai to solve the issue.

“It’s a lovely area but at night unfortunately gatherings occur.

“The group don’t seem to accept the long-term effect of stealing lifebuoys. If someone gets into trouble in the water they could lose their life.”

The area along the Kilkenny Castle is very popular at this time of year with tourists and athletes.

Gardaí in Kilkenny are investigating the criminal damage. No arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing.

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