Mulgrew condemns vandalism in Bessbrook

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has condemned the mindless actions of vandals who have destroyed a treasured public art sculpture and related signage at Bessbrook pond.

Erected by the Slieve Gullion Landscape Partnership and created by local artist Alan Burke, the sculpture was based on a flax flower and highlighted the central role the Bessbrook linen mill played in the rich history of the village.

“It is a shame that such a magnificent piece of local art has been mindlessly targeted by those responsible’, said the Sinn Féin Councillor.

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“Bessbrook has a vibrant culture and heritage, and this sculpture sought to champion and promote this history for local citizens and tourists alike.”

Mulgrew added, “This act of blatant disrespect and vandalism will only bring residents together to strengthen and reassert the culture of the village, and encourage further celebrations of its heritage for the world to see.”

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