A pilot solar-powered public lighting scheme in Co Cork has been damaged by vandals.

Eighty-eight spotlights were installed on a 800 metre stretch of the Crosshaven Walkway, with plans to include a further 4.5 kilometres of lighting in the future.

However, between 24 and 28 July holes were drilled into the centre of each individual light, damaging the photocell and rendering all 88 lights irreparably damaged.

Cork County Council said the lights cost €4,521 to install.

The Mayor of County Cork, Councillor Christopher O'Sullivan, said the vandalism was very disappointing.

A garda investigation is under way.