An Irish county council left locals scratching their heads...but it's actually hilarious. iStock

Mayo County Council left locals scratching their heads when they painted up a nice new road sign at Shanagahy, Ballina.

Perhaps the sign painter had a few too many before taking on the task of alerting motorists to a turn.

Or perhaps he just did it for "devilment" that well known Irish trait that allows people to have a laugh at Mayo County Council's expense.

Either way the sign got painted and locals were not long in discovering the mistake and the photograph soon went viral in Ireland.

So we thought our American, Canadian, Australian readers might enjoy it too.

Sorry Mayo County Council...what?

Sorry Mayo County Council...what?

This is most certainly not the first Irish road signage that’s given the public pause for thought. Seriously! What is the matter with us.

Read more: Ireland’s funniest and most bizarre signs

For example:

- This sign which warns that driving head first off a cliff is a possibility then. Fair warning, I guess.

Well that seems safe!

Well that seems safe!

- This sign which warns that the Hedge Families might cross the road.

Say hello to the hedge people!

Say hello to the hedge people!

- And then there’s the sign spotted a water’s edge which warns the public not to impersonate Jesus under anyway circumstances.

Well holy God! It's Jesus!

Well holy God! It's Jesus!

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