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Graffiti saying ‘famine is over, go home’ treated as a hate crime against Irish

A message scrawled on a Catholic school in Scotland saying “the famine is over it’s time to go home” is being treated as a hate crime by police.

The graffiti appeared on the outside wall of St Aloysius College, a private school in Glasgow.

Graffiti treated as a hate crime against Irish. Photo copyright Twitter Lisbon Lion

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “The incident is being treated as a hate crime and enquiries are ongoing. It is thought to be of a sectarian nature.”

A spokesperson for the school said the graffiti has been removed. Speaking to Glasgowlive.co.uk, she said: “Graffiti was discovered on the Dalhousie Street side of the main building on the morning of Monday, August 22, following the weekend. The matter was reported to police and enquiries are ongoing. The graffiti has now been removed.”

Glasgow has a large Catholic population, many of whom are descended from Irish emigrants who arrived in the city to escape the ravages of the Great Hunger in the 1840s. Although the vast majority of Catholics and Protestants live happily alongside each other in Glasgow, tensions can sometimes erupt, particularly among supporters of the city’s two football teams.

Celtic supporters are predominantly Catholic and Rangers’ fans are mostly Protestant. However there is nothing to suggest this incident at the school has any connection with football supporters.


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