Youghal’s ill-fated dalliance with its tulip umbrellas has come to a close after the unfortunate structures were permanently removed last week, writes Christy Parker
It was a bloodless extraction, an almost discreet execution that contrasted stark with the celebratory unveiling that officially announced their arrival on a damp November afternoon in 2013. It took an hour each to uproot the 12 installations.
Nobody expected such an ignominious ending for the €150,000 installations for which SECAD provided 75% funding and Youghal Chamber of Tourism and Commerce largely meeting the rest.
It is unclear how much it cost to remove them, whether the expense can be retrieved or even to where they were taken, as two rounds of inquiries to Cork County Council brought acknowledgement but no answers.

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