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Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Mindless summer vandals hit Laois business twice in two weeks

Mindless summer vandals hit Laois business twice in two weeks

A long running Laois business has been hit by mindless summer vandals for the second time in two weeks.

Martin Lawlor of Lawlor’s Florists in Durrow voluntarily maintains the grass and plants the flower beds on the Abbeyleix to Durrow Road every year free of charge.

Flower beds were torn up and thrown around on Monday night, August 14. Gardai from Abbeyleix were called on Tuesday morning.

Mr Lawlor told the Leinster Express that is it sickening to wake up to this vandalism.

“It is shocking the damage that has been done. The flowers are all pulled up and trampled on and broken and the heads are kicked off them. They broke them up and threw them all over the place, I’m sick of it,” he said.

Just two weeks ago, Mr Lawlor’s scarecrows for the Durrow Scarecrow Festival were set on fire on the side of the road. A passerby spotted the fire and managed to put it out.

“I am wondering is there something else against Martin Lawlor? All that work is done voluntarily by me, the grass is cut and plants are supplied by Lawlor’s and it is slapped back into your face. It is not about the value it is just so sickening that you do it and this happens,” he said.

Over 40 years in business in Durrow, Mr Lawlor said he has experienced vandalism in the past but nothing as bad as this year.

This comes after Portlaoise AFC's big weekend of fundraising was thrown into turmoil by vandals who struck the club on Sunday evening. 

The club had just finished a weekend fundraising tournament when a fire was called in by a neighbour on the Mountmellick Road. A specialist pitch mower was completely destroyed and is expected to cost up to €5,000 to replace. READ MORE HERE.