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Cross vandalism is sad sign of times we live in

THERE's been some strange happenings in my native county of Kerry over the past week.

First off, a massive hole opened overnight in an estate near the town of Castleisland. Shortly afterwards it emerged that a metal cross had been cut down on Carrauntoohill, the country's highest peak.

They say bad things come in threes, so I was fearful of what was next. Well, it turned out that there was a perfectly rational explanation for the mystery hole - a storm water tank had collapsed.

But not so for the vandalism on Carrauntoohil.

No culprit, or specific motive, has surfaced for the felling of the cross there.

This five metre tall structure was erected in 1976 by locals from the nearby village of Beaufort.

It marked the summit of the country's highest mountain, standing at 1,039m, and was a familiar landmark for the thousands of hikers who climbed the peak every year.


A consaw was most likely used in this act of desecration.

Naturally locals are outraged at the senseless vandalism, but there has been a massive public response with offers of help from people to restore the cross all over the country.

Alas it's a sign of the times we live in when a much loved Christian icon like this is the subject of such a wanton and sinister overnight attack.

I sincerely hope the perpetrator is caught and prosecuted - and the cross is resurrected.