Tag: Ireland

Church badly damaged in ‘arson attack’

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments



The fire broke out at Whiteabbey Methodist Church on the Shore Road on Saturday night and caused extensive damage to the kitchen at the rear of the building. Reverend Pauline Lorimer told UTV she believes the incident, which was discovered at around 11.30pm, was started after people broke into the church and set a number […]




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Nothing sacred, says priest after €5,000 church theft

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



THIEVES ransacked a church sacristy and stole the entire Christmas collections of €5,000 from a safe. Fr Joe Shire – who is parish priest in Ballyagran, Co Limerick – said nothing is sacred anymore after the community's parish church was targeted on Christmas Day. Thieves broke into the church through a rear sacristy door sometime […]




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Pipe bomb found outside church in Northern Ireland

| May 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (BNO NEWS) — A pipe bomb was found on the grounds of a church in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast on Wednesday, less than a week after two powerful car bombs were discovered elsewhere, police said. Army Technical Officers (ATO) were called to the Ballysillan Presbyterian Church in northern Belfast on […]




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‘Relic hunter’ may be behind theft of heart

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



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 […]




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Call for increased security for church relics

| March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Church authorities who are custodians of relics have been called on to increase their security, or temporarily remove the items, in light of recent thefts. Raghnall Ó Floinn, Head of Collections at the National Museum of Ireland, said these incidents were worrying, and that custodians of relics might have to increase security. It follows the […]




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Woman ‘feared rape and death’ as raiders targeted parochial house

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Donegal priest has said a woman who was cleaning a parochial house during a burglary two days ago feared she would be raped and murdered by the three armed robbers. The break-in happened on Wednesday evening at about 7.45pm, after Burt parish priest Father Gerry Sweeney left the house to celebrate Mass in a […]




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Pensioner punched priest during Mass

| January 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Churchill pensioner who punched a priest in the head appeared at Letterkenny District Court. 66-year-old Seamus Doherty, of the Rock, Churchill, appeared charged with assaulting Fr. Michael McKeever, at St Colmcille’s Church in Glendowan, Church Hill on January 15, 2011. He was also charged with a number of public order offences on various other […]




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Man charged with arson over blaze at 19th century church

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



A 48-YEAR-OLD man with a "severe psychiatric issue" was remanded in custody yesterday after he was charged with arson in connection with a fire at a historical church. Smoke and water damage were caused to the 19th century St Catherine's Church in Dublin, after a fire broke out on Monday evening. Fire-fighters took two hours […]




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Archbishop appeals for return of relics of ‘true cross’

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



GARDAÍ ARE investigating the theft of two religious artefacts from a church in Co Tipperary – one of which is said to contain a part of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. The relic was one of two artefacts were stolen from Holycross Abbey in Thurles at around 5pm yesterday, by two masked […]




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Stole from charity boxes while living in church loft

| September 7, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Cavan man who was living in the loft of a church and stole an estimated €1,100 from the charity boxes was handed a six-month sentence when he pleaded guilty to the offence at the local district court. Ossie Keyes of 25 Rocklands, Cavan, was given six months for handling a set of keys for […]




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