The organisers of the Gas Network Ireland Visit Nenagh.ie Classic have launched an appeal to have their signs returned. A total of 22 directional and advertising signs were removed overnight following the race’s finish on April 19.
And the organising committee feel that they are being targetted deliberately because the signs were removed professionally, with most being taken from the N52 bypass / Borrisokane road and between Ballinahinch and Shallee.
“This is the second year in a row that a huge number of signs have been taken. They were taken from along the Borrisokane road as well last year. They included direction signs, warning signs and 4’x4’ advertising signs,” race director Rene van Dam said.
He also revealed that that all the cable ties had been removed, which pointed to someone deliberately taking the signs. He has checked with Tipperary County Council to see if they took them down, but was told they did not. The matter will be reported to the Gardai.
“These are heavily branded signs with the Visit Nenagh.ie logo on them so they are no good to anybody else for events,” he said. “I appeal to whoever took them to drop them into the council.”
Mr van Dam said that the sign removal was a “big nuisance” for the committee which was “not rolling in money”.
“In fact, it is the local taxpayer who ends up paying for their replacement as we get sponsorship through Tipperary County Council,” he said. “Basically, it’s council money, money that could go on improving the race next year.”
Rene said that he goes to “great lengths” to putting up and taking down the signs, which would have given the culprits a short time frame in which to remove them.
“They can’t just all be taken for souvenirs. I just don’t want them to end up in the ditch and people thinking we left them there because we couldn’t be bothered to take them down. I actually take a day off work to make sure all the signs are removed properly,” he said.