St Finian’s Church ruin in Esker, Lucan, was recently the subject of vandalism, after a graffiti tag was sprayed on the heritage site.
Sinn Féin Councillor Derren Ó Brádaigh, whose representational area covers Lucan, North Clondalkin and Palmerstown, expressed his anger at the damage to the church.
He said: “Like so many in the Lucan Community, I am appalled at what can only be described as an attack on local heritage and indeed the community itself. The daubing of graffiti all over St Finian’s is just unacceptable and I understand that the Gardaí are aware following a number of reports.
“I was disgusted on learning of this, and I strongly condemn those responsible. Only recently the St Finian’s Church ruin underwent important restorative works that were very welcome by residents in Esker and the wider Lucan community and beyond. Indeed, there are local volunteers, history groups and societies that work tirelessly to promote Lucan for its wonderful historical interest. This is an insult and a criminal assault on that combined effort.
“I immediately made contact with South Dublin County Council and have already received written correspondence committing to arrange for the removal of the graffiti. As an historic site, St Finian’s is a Protected Structure and will need specialised graffiti removal. In this regard the request for such works has been forwarded to a specialised contractor.”
“Lucan has been awarded a tourism destination town status by Fáilte Ireland and only last week, I was delighted to attend a very informative briefing aiming to develop a tourism product and proposition plan making Lucan a more accessible and inviting location to attract tourists coming into Dublin. We are all guardians of our local heritage and, as such, I would urge everyone to report any incidences of trespassing, anti-social and criminal behaviour within our communities”, he added.