Updated: 06/11/17 : 06:13:25
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Sligo Remembrance Day memorial vandalised

A temporary memorial to Irish people who enlisted and were killed in wars has been vandalised in Co Sligo.

Poppy wreaths were placed in Rosses Point ahead of Remembrance Day on 11 November – a memorial day observed in the UK and many counties in Ireland, including Sligo town - to remember members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

The wreaths were placed alongside a white cross, which is there to pay tribute to people who have lost their lives at sea. The cross was also damaged in the nighttime incident.

The presence of the wreaths, which may have been placed in a private capacity, was highlighted on Ocean FM last week.

Listeners were divided as to the temporary memorial’s appropriateness.

Ocean FM’s CEO Niall Delaney told TheJournal.ie many people in Sligo want to remember those who died in the line of duty, noting that hundreds of men from the area were killed in World War I.

                                                   The damaged Cross at the scene

However, he said the issue is a “divisive” one, with many listeners criticising the fact a symbol associated with the British armed forces was being displayed.

Mr Delaney said the white cross was “a permanent fixture” that had been present in the coastal village for several years “to remember those who died at sea”.

It’s understood local gardaí are investigating the incident.

                                              The vandalised Poppy wreaths

Meanwhile the Irish Branch of the British Legion issued an Irish version of the Poppy on a green shamrock base to specifically honour Irish people who fell in conflict.

The Remembrance ceremony in Sligo - once a garrison town - takes place every year at The Cenotaph at the junction of Pearse Rd and Mail Coach Road and is attended by many religious representatives.

                      The British Legion's Irish Poppy badge