‘Relic hunter’ may be behind theft of heart

| March 10, 2012

GARDAI investigating the theft of the preserved heart of Dublin's patron saint are enhancing video images of a number of potential suspects.

Church officials now fear a "relic hunter" may be behind the theft of the heart of St Laurence O'Toole from Christ Church Cathedral last weekend.

And there are suggestions the same person may be responsible for last year's theft of the True Cross from the Holy Cross Abbey in Co Tipperary as well as the attempted theft of a relic of St Brigid from a church in Dublin.

Christ Church Cathedral spokeswoman Nuala Kavanagh said there were fears high-profile relics — such as the head of St Oliver Plunkett which is encased in glass at St Peter's Church in Drogheda, Co Louth — could also be targeted.

"The dean believes that these are being stolen to order," she told the Irish Independent.

Although there is no monetary value on the preserved heart, it would be of great value to collectors.

"It's black and it's weird and it's eerie," she said.



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