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Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Culture & Customs, Featured, Headlines, History, Shannon, West | 11 comments

Most-Photographed Signpost in Ireland Removed

Ireland - County Clare - Ballyvaughan

The signs at the intersection in Ballyvaughan were a common site in guidebooks and calendars. Alas, they have been recently removed. Photo by yakshini.

There’s controversy brewing in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, when one of Ireland’s most-photographed roadsigns was removed by the Irish roads authority.

While the cluster of signs wasn’t vital for tourists to find their way around the small village, it did attract their attention and their camera lenses. The sign has been a mainstay in calendars, guidebooks, and personal photo albums for decades.

Standing next to the notable intersection in The Burren, I remember hearing two separate visitors comment, “only in Ireland,” with giant smiles on their faces.

No comment has been issued about what has happened to the signs on the minor landmark… I’m wondering if we should be scouring E-Bay to see if they make it to the auction block or if public outcry will bring them back to their original location.

Full story from the Irish Times >>

An Update from the Irish Times>> (June 26, 2011)

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11 Comments

  1. How sad! I wish they would bring it back.

  2. Boy is that a lame-brained idea. Are they trying to “homogenize” Ireland and make it like the rest of the Euro zone? The reason we love Ireland is because of its unique quirkiness.

    That sign is an ICON, a fixture and tourist attraction in Ireland. Even tourism Ireland uses that picture as a marketing tool. What are the road services thinking? Or not thinking?

    There is a Facebook page devoted to bringing it back: http://tinyurl.com/6agvaxl

    I suggest everyone post their thoughts there and on Twitter to see what happens. What a crime!

    • Thanks for the facebook link, Michelle. Worth a try!

    • Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Come Ireland Destroy nothing more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I just saw the same article. Whoo hoo!!

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