The messages which were written in chalk have since been wiped off
The George Nightclub in Dublin's City Centre was vandalised last night, with a number of vile slurs and symbols being drawn on the front of the bar.
Thankfully, this morning the messages, which were written in chalk, were wiped off by the County Council who are expected to clean the rest off with water.
The defacement of the bar comes two days before the second anniversary of the marriage equality referendum. It's expected that similar to last year there will be a parade to celebrate the anniversary.
In a statement this afternoon, the manager of the iconic Dublin nightspot, Darragh Flynn said the gardaí had been notified and management was assisting with their investigations.
“We are shocked and disheartened to see our building vandalised, especially with the anniversary of the equality vote this weekend,” he said.
“At times like these our community comes together in support like it always does - and we won’t let this ruin us celebrating this weekend's anniversary.
“We would like to now focus on the positives of today, that one homophobic act has resulted in an overwhelming amount of messages of solidarity and offers of assistance. It has truly brightened our hearts to receive such love and support.”
Gardai in Pearse Street recently confirmed that they are investigating the incident at The George last night. They said that no arrests have been made and that the investigation ongoing.
The vandalism was spotted by Twitter user @ConanGShore as he went by The George earlier this morning.
The George being vandalised is such an upsetting thing pic.twitter.com/VL6taoLBqz— Co (@ConanGShore) May 20, 2017
@joan_ie I didn't Joan, I've been told that the council have removed the defacing and the George are dealing with the Garda— Co (@ConanGShore) May 20, 2017
According to @ConanGShore, the county council have dealt with removing the graffiti from the front of The George.
It's believed that The George has CCTV cameras at the front of the bar so hopefully those who vandalized it can be identified.