Nicky Rackard statue at Selskar is damaged again
Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00
The Nicky Rackard statue at Selskar Square has been cordoned off yet again after it sustained more damage to the hurl.
The statue has been beleaguered by bouts of damage since it was erected just three years ago.
In March of this year the hurl of the statue had been damaged by local traders and was fenced off until the early summer to prevent further damage as repair works were carried out.
District Borough engineer Lar Lett said it was not known if the most recent damage to the statute was intentional or not.
'As you are aware, the Nicky Rackard statue has received some damage yet again following recent repair works.
'It is hard to say whether the damage was carried out intentionally or unintentionally. People like to have their photos taken with the sculpture and do lean against the hurl on occasion.
'Repair works will again have to be carried out and this work may entail further strengthening of this element which we did try to avoid in the first instance.
'However these proposals will be discussed with the designer to ensure that a viable solution is achieved and does not take from the appearance of the sculpture.'
It is not yet known how much the repair works and possible strengthening works will cost, with Mr. Lett saying the cost is 'subject to quotation and design approval'.
The Nicky Rackard statute was commissioned by leading British portrait sculptor Mark Richards and cost in the region of €120,000.
A member of the Wexford senior team from 1940 until 1956, Nicky Rackard was an iconic figure in hurling circles not just in Wexford but around Ireland.
The statute has proved a very popular addition to the town centre since its erection with many people stopping to take photos of the stature itself and of them standing next to the statue.