Graffiti on ‘iconic’ Croagh Patrick sign is a terrible sight

Graffiti on the sign for Croagh Patrick on the summit of the holy mountain is a ‘terrible’ image to portray and the practice should be banned.

That is the opinion of Castlebar-based councillor Ger Deere who said that signs should be erected at the bottom of Croagh Patrick reminding people not to write on the sign at the summit.

Speaking at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council, Cllr Deere said he recently climbed Croagh Patrick and could not get over how the ‘iconic sign’ at the summit was destroyed by graffiti.

“The iconic sign at the top where people get their picture taken is completely destroyed by graffiti. I know people like to write their name on it but there should be a sign put up on the bottom banning graffiti. Those pictures go right around the world with tourists and it looks terrible.

“It needs to be replaced with a new sign but also a sign should be put up asking people to desist from graffiti. A picture is beamed all over the world and it looks terrible, particularly after so much great work has been put into the mountain as a tourist attraction. I know it may sound trivial but it is important for our image,” he said.

Cllr Deere added that it was the first time he climbed the mountain since the new steps were put in and commended all who worked on it for doing a fantastic job.

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