THE STEEL CROSS on top of Carrountoohill has been re-erected this afternoon, one week after it was cut down with an angle grinder.
The five-metre tall cross was first erected in 1976 but climbers on Ireland’s tallest peak reached the summit last Saturday to find that it had been felled.
Today though the cross was reinstated following a decision to do so by the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Access Forum.
*Offers of help to re-erect a vandalised steel cross on the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain continue to flood in from all over the country.
There’s been widespread condemnation of the cutting down of the Christian monument on Carrantuohill. The incident is being investigated by gardaí and locals in Kerry remain still mystified as to the vandals’ motivation.
The cross was made by workers at the Liebherr crane factory in nearby Killarney, in 1977, and placed on the mountain by locals.
Liebherr and other engineering firms have again offered to assist with the restoration.