Vandalism reared its ugly head in Claremorris last week when extensive damage was caused to the award-winning Clare Lake/McMahon Park.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, vandals wreaked havoc to the much-loved local amenity that attracts over 4,000 visitors weekly. Gardaí have since identified those involved in the vandalism.
The recently added ‘Fairy Houses’ were broken up, with many of them thrown into the lake, making for a harrowing spectacle, particularly for young children.
The ‘Fairy Houses’ were constructed with the help of several entities, including the Men’s Shed, schools, the show committee and other interested parties.
Several other areas of the amenity suffered wanton vandalism, which is difficult to comprehend given the enjoyment people derive from visiting it on a weekly basis.
Clare Lake/McMahon Park has been gradually upgraded to meet the demands of the situation over the years, with the committee constantly aware of the need to respond to the wishes of the public.
The amenity is used by people from near and far, many of whom make a day out of visiting the park, the newly opened MUGA pitch, and the adjacent children’s playground.
The committee of Clare Lake/McMahon Park wishes to acknowledge the help they have received over the years from various politicians, councillors, Mayo County Council, and of course members of the general public who have responded when required in various ways.
It will take some time to repair and replace the items that are damaged, but the committee will work hard to bring the facility back to its former glory.