FOR the second time in six days phone lines in Kilmogany were cut down and stolen. The price of copper has been driving a series of brazen thefts of overhead phone lines that have been disrupting the phone service in rural Kilkenny.
The latest theft occurred on Thursday night at around the midnight. The Kilmoganny exchange was seriously disrupted when for the second time in six days sections of overhead telephone cables were stolen on the road from Kilmoganny to Carrick-on-Suir. The incident took place in the Ballygown area about a mile from where three cables were cut down and stolen the previous Saturday. On this occasion more telephone users were disrupted when two cables measuring over a mile went missing.
The robbery of the copper wires is one of a growing number of such occurrences that have taken place across the country recently.
By Saturday evening service was restored by the Eircom Crews that included Seamus Reilly and David Maher and Frank Gillerans. Eircom have placed the value of copper lines stolen from them this year at around a quarter of a million euro. Despite the best efforts of the Gardai they don’t have any definite leads on who is behind the thefts.
Thomastown gardai are appealing for anyone with any information on the incident to contact them din Thomastown Garda station on +353 56 772 4222