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So what was behind the Carrauntoohil Cross incident? Was it what people call "a random act of vandalism" ? Typically such attacks are perpetrated by opportunistic young hoodlums on their way home from the pub. Here in leafy Trim we lose many a hanging basket in that fashion. In other places the messers knock the heads off statues, break windows, especially in derelict buildings, and occasionally urinate in letterboxes. (A friend of mine whose box was penetrated in that fashion attached a car battery to the opening in what was to prove a very successful "sting" operation.)
But the key ingredient in random acts of vandalism is the absence of malice aforethought. The likely lads spot something that the others have put in place and they wreck it, like an "on the spot" fine they impose on the hardworking and civic minded. It is summary injustice.
The kind of opportunistic destruction perpetrated at sea level does not generally happen a few hundred metres up. Gobdaws simply don't have the discipline and the endurance to reach such places. In fact the hillwalking community is as benign and peaceloving a species as you could hope to find, lovin' d'environment and lovin' d'people. The facts simply don't add up. There was nothing "random" about hauling a battery operated angle grinder to the highest spot in the land. It was a well thought out operation involving motive, planning, discipline and some skill.
So the what was the motive? The cross is more than simply a piece of steel. It is a Christian symbol on the highest spot on the island. It is totemic. The chief suspects, therefore, must be iconoclasts. Do you know any anti-Christian iconoclasts? I don't although I have heard that they exist (in other countries). Round here when folks cast off their Christian heritage I suspect that the majority are of the "lapsed" variety (going into neutral rather than into reverse), and rarely give a monkey's about ecclesiastical matters any more than that they would stalk the many shop Santa Clauses who promoted the Big Lie of their youth.
The perpetrator could be deranged, as in hearing voices urging them to slay the cross. Yes. That's a possibility. Delusions tend to be grandiose, and if you're going to knock a cross why not attack the highest one?
Someone might have a specific hatred arising from severe childhood trauma at the hands of Christians. That would be...a lot of people. Or it might just have been performance art of a kind.
I'm not really in favour of the intrusions of modern life on mountaintops (pylons, masts and windmills) but I love the simple trig pillar, and have no problem with the odd cultural piece. I thought the steel cross on Carrauntoohil was intrusive, but not so intrusive that I would chop it down. After all its not mine to chop. Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's.
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