Gardaí are today appealing for the public's help in investigating a theft from the Holy Cross Church, Killeshin, Co Laois on Wednesday.
Gardaí believe that sometime between 10a.m. and 5.30p.m. an item called "The Relic of the True Cross" was taken from the church.
The relic, which was given to the church around 1822 was kept in a case embedded in the inside wall of the church.
It is made of pewter and contains a 3mm x 3mm piece of wood.
It has no monetary value but is of significant spiritual value to the church and the parishioners.