A man who stole three bronze church bells from a church in Dublin to sell on for scrap has been jailed for nine months.
The bells were taken from a locked compound at the back of Mount Argus Church in Terenure and had been valued at €15,000 each.
They were stored there with five other bells because they were to undergo refurbishment.
Thirty-year-old Hugh Cash of Sundale Avenue in Tallaght pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing the bells on July 5, 2009.
He had 40 previous convictions.