Gardaí in Castleisland confirmed that they’re actively investigating an act of vandalism perpetrated on the usually quiet Killarney Road area in the early hours of Sunday morning.
One of the windows of Marion’s Beauty Salon was smashed with a pavement plant pot which belonged to the salon.
The vandals threw the pot through the window at No.40 and also broke expensive equipment inside the salon in the process.
A Rude Awakening
Residents in the area got a rude awakening at around 3am by the sound of breaking glass and saw a group of five or six young people made up of males but mostly females running away from the scene in the Killarney direction after carrying out their act of wanton vandalism.
They first ran on the left hand side of the road before running across to the Stanley Divane Pavilion side as they fled.
Home From a Party
One local said that they seemed to return in the town direction after a period ‘as if they were going home from a party.’
Gardaí are hoping that the culprits will have been captured on dash cam or CCTV footage along their path or would have been seen and identified by someone alerted by the noise created by the breakage or by that of the group itself in their post party exuberance.
A Cruel Blow in Tough Times
An act of this kind is a cruel blow to any business at any time but it’s a real kick in the teeth in these rough times.
After months of Covid-19 closure and a battle to regain lost ground – and then to be knocked back again like this can be really hard to take and get over.
Marion’s Response to the Vandals
Taking to her Facebook page Marion addressed the culprits directly:
“To the group of teenagers last night (mainly girls I might add) that thought it was a good idea to pick up my flower pot and smash it through the window of my beauty salon, I just hope ye all woke up this morning and felt completely ashamed of yere behaviour last night, I hope ye feel bad that ye caused a few hundred worth of damage to my salon, I hope ye feel bad that even tho I had worked really hard all week I had to get out of my bed early this morning and clean up after ye.
I had to sort out someone to fit a new pane of glass, I have to replace my blind, there is glass all over my salon and with the impact of ye throwing a plant in the window ye broke my nail station visor which will have to be replaced too.
Ye should be ashamed and embarrassed of yere behaviour last night, but looking at the damage ye did to my salon I doubt it very much.”
Castleisland Garda Station can be contacted on: 066 71 41204 or 066 71 02300. Or the Garda Confidential line, Tel: 1800 666 111.
This line allows members of the public to call with confidential information relating to matters of crime or other activities that concerns them.