Community 'deeply saddened' as Longford church vandalised again

Community 'deeply saddened' as Longford church vandalised again
Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

A bishop says he's "deeply saddened" by the latest act of vandalism at a Longford church.

Windows, including a stained glass window, were smashed at St Michael's Church in Shroid last night.

It's the second time the church has been vandalised in recent years, the last taking place at Easter in 2017.

Another parish church was also vandalised last year.

Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, has condemned the latest incident and is appealing for anyone with information to contact gardaí.

He said: “Let there be no ambiguity, this is not a victimless crime. Vandalism of this kind is profoundly disrespectful to people of faith and to places of worship. It is threatening and distressing.

“In a truly pluralist society, these examples of vandalism are of concern to our whole community.”

More on this topic

Rural crime in winter: Sense of threatRural crime in winter: Sense of threat

Shocking footage shows 'panicked' tourists being robbed at gunpoint near Guinness StorehouseShocking footage shows 'panicked' tourists being robbed at gunpoint near Guinness Storehouse

Two men arrested following seizure of sub-machine gun and drugs in Co ClareTwo men arrested following seizure of sub-machine gun and drugs in Co Clare

Gardaí appeal for information on the murder of Dublin man who was shot in the faceGardaí appeal for information on the murder of Dublin man who was shot in the face


More in this Section

PM facing potential legal challenge over Brexit deal’s ‘Irish Sea border’PM facing potential legal challenge over Brexit deal’s ‘Irish Sea border’

Councillors hit out at OPW mapping system which has house in flood risk area despite it being 100ft above riverCouncillors hit out at OPW mapping system which has house in flood risk area despite it being 100ft above river

Mother who admitted suffocating daughter, 3, feared for child's future after online researchMother who admitted suffocating daughter, 3, feared for child's future after online research

Shocking footage shows tourists being robbed at gunpoint near Guinness StorehouseShocking footage shows tourists being robbed at gunpoint near Guinness Storehouse


Lifestyle

Lacemakers in Limerick want to preserve their unique craft for future generations and hope to gain UNESCO heritage status, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: Lace-making a labour of love rather than laborious industry

More From The Irish Examiner