Statue vandalised with hammer

A SPECIAL place of prayer for a Limerick community has been desecrated in a violent attack of vandalism.

A statue of the the Virgin Mary was damaged late on Monday night by somebody who smashed a large chunk off it with a sledgehammer.

Parishioners from St Patrick’s regularly gather to pray at the shrine located at Bengal Terrace, off Mulgrave Street.

But yesterday the community was shocked on finding the statue had been badly damaged.

Fr Terry Loughran, curate in St Patrick’s parish said: “It’s a real pity. It was probably somebody who hadn’t set out at the start of the night but with a few drinks in wanted to break something and the shrine was just there.”

The statue was knocked onto the road and building workers who found it put it back on its pedestal.

It was built more than 50 years ago and paid for by the local community.

Christy Griffin helped put up the statue the very fist day.

Christy said: “It has been damaged from time to time, but there has never been anything this serious.”

A Garda spokesman at Roxboro Road Station, which is investigating the attack, said they have examined the scene and are looking through footage from CCTV cameras.

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