Damage to popular Wexford town tourist attraction is a great 'tragedy'
Cllr Davy Hynes submitted a motion regarding the need to take action that will prevent future damage to the statue of Nicky Rackard in Selsker Square.
The statue, which was erected only three years ago, recently received damage to its hurl and had to be cordoned off. Cllr Hynes said that this was not the first time that damage had occurred, calling it a 'tragedy'. He suggested raising the statue up higher so that the 'popular tourist attraction' could be protected.
The Nicky Rackard statute was commissioned by British portrait sculptor Mark Richards and cost approximately €120,000. It has proved to be very popular with locals and tourists, with many stopping to pose for a photgraph with the iconic hurler.
Cllr George Lawlor said that he was sure it was not damaged maliciously and suggested that access to the statue be curtailed rather than it being relocated.
District Borough engineer Lar Lett said that he had spoken with the sculptor about the damage and that they wished to keep the statue in free form. He proposed the possibility of raising the statue to a higher level and strengthening the hurl by connecting it to the statue's knee. All were in favour of the solutions, which will require further analysis before being carried out.