As Roof Assured is part of the worldwide Sika brand it’s always interesting for us to see what other Sika Group companies are doing around the world. A recent activity that caught our attention was how Sika helped to renovate a piece of World War II history when they helped to restore an old navigational sign. The large Eire sign on Wicklow’s Bray Head is one of 82 ‘neutrality markings’ that were erected around the coast of Ireland during the Second World War. Lost and forgotten over the years a restoration was organised by a local businessman and volunteers.
The team spent almost a week cleaning and repositioning the stones. They were then painted with Sikagard 670W, a high performance, water resistant and weather-resistant coating, manufactured and donated by Sika. Traditionally used for the protection and enhancement of exposed concrete structures, this was the ideal solution to revive and protect these important stones for the future.
Declan Carroll, Managing Director, Sika Ireland said: “I was delighted to be asked to get involved in this restoration project. It’s important that we maintain and remember our historical monuments, no matter how big or small. We could have just whitewashed the stones, but the Sika product gives a finish that will ensure the stones need little, if any, maintenance for years to come, no matter what the weather throws at them”.
As well as the word ‘Eire’ the sign also features the number 8, which was its Lookout Post number. The volunteers completed the renovation over several weekends, by fixing and painting the number 8 and the rectangular box that surround the sign.
We think this is a lovely simple story of kind hearted volunteers helping to restore a piece of World War II history.