A controversial mural by Austrian artist, Gottfried Helnwein has been damaged at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
Huge canvases of his work, depicting images of Nazi soldiers staring adoringly at modern Madonna and Child figures, were displayed on various buildings in Kilkenny during the festival.
One of the murals hanging at the front of Kilkenny castle had paint thrown at it sometime during the night.
Another picture by Mr Helnwein, featuring a young Kilkenny girl, was also partially damaged in another part of the town.
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