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A monument to Irish men who died fighting for the British has been vandalised

A paint bomb was thrown at a monument to the Royal Munster Fusiliers in Tralee.

paint bomb attack A photograph of the monument taken earlier today Source: Royal Munster Fusiliers/John Duggan

A MONUMENT TO a former Irish regiment of the British Army has been vandalised in Tralee, Co Kerry.

The piece was erected earlier this year in memory of those that fought for the Royal Munster Fusiliers in the First World War and was the subject of some controversy at the time.

There had been a dispute over whether the monument would be inclusive of all people who died during the conflict or only those from the regiment.

The inscription of the memorial reads: Cuimhnimis, Let Us Remember, The Royal Munster Fusiliers 1914-1918.

It cost €3,500 and is situated in Christ The King Park.

Just over 3,000 men who served with the unit were killed in battle during the First World War.

A message on a community Facebook page dedicated to the memory of the group said earlier:

What a shame to see that almost 100 years on, some people still carry hatred in their hearts.

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