By Dan Walsh
The community in the Barntown area are devastated and heartbroken following an act of vandalism in which the toilets at Carrigfoyle visitor attraction were burned to the ground last night.
The fire occurred sometime during the night and was only discovered this morning. “It was still smouldering this morning when I went there”, said local Cllr Garry Laffan, who added; “This is heart-breaking for the people who put so much work into the area. We will just have to raise funding and rebuild it.”
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr George Lawlor said; “We need to catch the mindless thugs who did this. Years of work by Wexford County Council and endless hours of volunteering from Barntown Heritage Group to make Carrigfoyle the wonderful place it is and this is the response from those with little to offer their community.”
Mayor of Wexford Cllr Maura Bell described what happened at Carrigfoyle as “mindless vandalism. These facilities and area are used every day. Lucky the forest is still there!”
Cathaoirleach of Rosslare Municipal District Cllr Lisa McDonald told WexfordLocal.com; “No words this morning. A despicable act of vandalism which is desperately sad to see. So much effort has been put in to improve the mountain in both the Rosslare District and Wexford Borough District areas and this is how some people treat it.”
Cllr Leonard Kelly said; “Heart-breaking to see how little regard some amongst us have for our public spaces.”
In a statement posted this morning, Barntown Heritage Group stated; “An unbelievable sight to see on a Sunday morning. This is such a loss to so many people who use these facilities each day. Why would anyone go out of their way to destroy amenities used by so many? If this had been the days prior the surrounding forestry would have been lost.
“We would ask anyone who has information on this, to please contact the Wexford Garda Station on 053 9165200.“