A controversial mural which features nazis in religious poses has been damaged at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Red paint was thrown over a section of the mural, entitled Adoration of the Magi, but the picture was not destroyed.

Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein's large picture, which is hanging at the front of Kilkenny Castle, features figures in a pose similar to the Madonna-with-child, who are being stared at by Nazi officers.

Another picture by the same artist which features a young Kilkenny girl was also partially damaged at another location in the town.