Anger after holy statue defaced near Mass rock

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A Tyrone community has been left in a state of shock and anger over the “disgusting” attack on a statue, a local councillor has said.

Red paint was thrown over the statue of Mary in Greencastle, Co Tyrone.

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Clarke said: “There is deep sense of shock and anger within this local community at the disgusting defacing of a statue of ‘Our Lady’ in Greencastle and these sentiments are being shared wide and far.

“The motives behind what has happened are as yet unclear but it is suffice to say that whoever is responsible has stooped to the depths of depravity in a warped effort to cause the utmost offence and hurt possible.”

The large statue of the Virgin Mary was placed close to a contested Mass rock on land owned by a Canadian goldmine firm. It is not known who put the statue, which is lit up at night, at the site which is the subject of controversy with Dalradian Gold planning to mine in the area near the statue.