Tuesday 27 September 2016

Mayo supporters accuse Longford County Council of 'pettiness' after signs removed before All-Ireland final

The signs located along the N4 to Dublin were removed and disposed of without any warning.

Amy Molloy

Published 19/09/2016 | 12:54

Mayo supporter hold up his sign Photo: Aisling Kiernan Twitter
Mayo supporter hold up his sign Photo: Aisling Kiernan Twitter

Mayo people with businesses located in Longford have accused the County Council of “not being in the spirit of the All-Ireland” after they removed a number of good luck Mayo signs last week.

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Thomas Crummy from Thomas J Crummy Landscaping was one such business owner.

Photo: Thomas Crummy
Photo: Thomas Crummy

“I think it’s just one person being overzealous about their work and maybe not being in the spirit of the whole GAA and the psyche around the festivities of the All-Ireland final. There is a lack of understanding of the significance – we were just trying to wish them well,” he told Independent.ie.

Crummy said he and other business owners will try to liaise with the Council to ensure their signs will not be removed before the replay on October 1.

“Oh we’ll surely be putting signs up before the replay, we’ll just have to ask for permission this time I suppose,” he added.

The landscaper was alerted to the fact his sign was removed by Derek Sheridan of Sherpack Limited, who also had a good luck poster up for the boys in green and red.

Photo: Longford Leader Twitter
Photo: Longford Leader Twitter

Sheridan had offered to collect the removed signs from the Council’s offices, but soon learned that they had been disposed of.

“They never contacted us. Along with that, they disposed of the signs. I thought they might keep them in their yard and hand them back to us but before we knew it, they were done and dusted,” Crummy said.

The Ballaghaderreen man shared his frustrations on Facebook and said that many of his friends in Mayo were outraged about what happened, with some of them insisting they would not stop off in Longford on their journey to the capita for the All-Ireland final.

Hilary Davis, a Mayo native and HR manager at Supervalu in Longford, accused Longford County Council of “dampening the spirits” ahead of the game yesterday.

“Longford County Council are going against the business people just wishing well wishes. It’s stupid, it’s petty and I’m just annoyed,” she said speaking on Shannonside last week.

Longford County Council said that temporary signs which do not have a permit are removed by litter warden staff.

The Council further added that they had to remove them as signs placed on national roads without permits are prohibited by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

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