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The cross on Carrauntoohil will be re-erected before Christmas

We are still no closer to finding out who cut down the monument.

Image: Kerry Climbing via Facebook

THE CROSS AT the summit of Carrauntoohil will be back up again by Christmas after being mysteriously cut down on Saturday.

The decision was made by members of the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum which includes landowners, community groups, local representatives and State bodies.

Patricia Deane, rural recreation officer at the South Kerry Development Partnership, told TheJournal.ie this morning that the decision was made at a meeting on Tuesday.

“Most people, whatever their belief, see it as an iconic point – it’s not really about religion”, she explained. She said the community has received an outpouring of support in the last week and a number of engineering companies from all across the country have offered their services.

“Everyone was just horrified and shocked that someone could go and do this.”

Source: Kerry Climbing via Facebook

It is hoped that the work can be done to put the cross back in place before Christmas, but Deane said there will not be any kind of unveiling ceremony, as the community is not keen to draw too much attention to it.

We hope everyone will go away and eat the turkey and forget about it!

Though there are lots of rumours about who may have been responsible for cutting down the cross, the community is no closer now to the truth and there is concern that there could be a repeat of the incident.

Deane said the installation of motion censor cameras has been suggested and this may be something that has to be looked at in the new year.

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