Bundoran’s Banksy strikes again

A mystery graffiti artist has been leaving his mark all over Bundoran.

A mystery graffiti artist has been leaving his mark all over Bundoran.

The guerilla art attacks have, so far, happened when no one has seen them, leaving distinctive images on a number of vacant buildings in the sea side town.

The latest target was the old Astoria Ballroom, on the town’s scenic shore front. The building was covered with a series of black ants sometime between 2am and 7am last Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

McEniff Hotel Group, which owns the building, has already re-painted it.

Brian McEniff says it was something they were planning to do anyway. “I had actually written it down the day before on a list, that we needed to get the building re-painted before the Sea Sessions, which are on this weekend.

“If whoever did this wanted to do something creative and had approached me, I would have looked at the idea. But I definitely would not have agreed to anyone painting loads of bugs all over the walls.”

Bundoran’s new mayor, Cllr. Philip McGlynn is also general manager of the Great Northern Hotel, part of the McEniff group.

He’s not impressed and asks anyone who sees someone painting graffiti to report it to the gardaí.

“This is the work of pranksters, not artists,” he told the Donegal Democrat/People’s Press. “They’re doing this on private property, without permission and they’re leaving a mess - spray paint canisters, etc - behind them.

“There is no artistic value to what’s being done. They’re just getting stencils and spray paint. They are not doing any favours for Bundoran.

“The painting of murals is a different matter - that’s done properly and professionally and with the permission of the property owners.

“This type of graffiti, on the other hand, leaves the property owner having to pay out the clean up cost.

“This is about fifth incident of its type in Bundoran. In this case, it was done in the middle of the night and they would have needed ladders to do it.

“If anyone sees anyone doing this, they should report it to the gardaí immediately.”