KILLROY [KILROY] WAS HERE AS I WAS A QUALITY ENGINEER FOR A NUMBER OF MULTINATIONALS I LIKE THIS DESPITE THE ERRORS
I assume that the errors are intentional “Killroy” instead of “Kilroy” and the D changed to an R.
I saw this during my recent visit to Galway. It is located at the bridge across Dyke Road at the Waterworks in the Terryland area of Galway.
Kilroy was here is an expression which originated in the USA that became popular during World War II, typically seen in graffiti. Its origin is debated, but the phrase and the distinctive accompanying doodle became associated with GIs in the 1940s: a bald-headed man with a prominent nose peeking over a wall with his fingers clutching the wall. It is claimed by many that Kilroy had marked the ships as they were being built as a way to be sure that he had inspected a compartment, and the phrase would be found chalked in places that nobody could have reached for graffiti, such as inside sealed hull spaces.