The Lia Fáil before being vandalised
Image credit Germán Póo-Caamaño. Source Wikimedia Commons

The Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) on the world famous Hill of Tara site in County Meath, Ireland, was badly vandalised last night. Some time between 5pm yesterday and 10am this morning two tins of thick gloss paint (one red and one green) were poured over the stone. Minister Jimmy Deenihan expressed his outrage, “I condemn in the strongest terms the damage that has been caused to one of our most iconic ancient monuments. This act of mindless vandalism, on one of our premier archaeological sites, is truly shameful.”

Two years ago the Lia Fáil was damaged when pieces were hacked out of it with an axe. More here.