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Monday, 18th May 2020

Gangland graffiti attack in Clogherhead

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Some of the graffiti on walls on the Chapel Road in Clogherhead. Picture: Thos Caffrey / Newsfile.ie

Residents of the seaside village of Clogherhead were upset and disgusted to wake up this morning to find that their beautiful village, which they work so hard to keep in pristine condition, had been targeted by mindless thugs spraying disturbing and threatening messages on walls throughout the village.

Just when local businesses in the seaside village were beginning to get up and running, crude and badly spelled messages have been daubed on walls throughout the village including the Chapel Road, John Kirk Park, Tony McArdle's shop and at the Tennis Court on the Callystown Road.

The messages seem to refer to drug dealing and other criminal activity in the area and includes threats of violence against specific people.

Local Councillor Declan Power told Drogheda Life that he was “… absolutely appalled and shocked to wake up this morning and to see the village destroyed with Graffitti by a group of mindless thugs.”

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“I have spoken to several people from the Village today and everyone is deeply upset and saddened that something of this nature can happen in our picturesque seaside village.

As the COVID 19 restrictions are slowly lifting, Clogherhead, which is a popular holiday destination, will be depending on visitors coming back to the village over the coming weeks to visit the beach, walk the head and the harbour while helping contributing towards the local economy.

Councillor Power likened the graffiti to a 'Warzone' saying, “this is not the image we want to portray.”

Councillor Michelle Hall said that she was very disappointed and upset by the attack. “Somebody must have seen something happening last night” she said.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and speak to the Gardaí. This is going to cost local businesses and communities a lot of money.

“It’s such a pity. I was in Clogherhead yesterday and the atmosphere was just great with people talking about the street bingo and the craic they were having

Both the Drogheda Gardaí and Louth County Council are investigating the crime.

Threatening graffiti at the Tennis Court on the Callystown Road in Clogherhead. Picture: Thos Caffrey / Newsfile.ie
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