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24/10/2021

Historic crucifix damaged in Limerick city church

151-year-old object being repaired after incident

Historic crucifix damaged in Limerick city church

The 151-year-old crucifix was damaged on Monday evening Picture: Michael Cowhey

GARDAÍ are investigating an incident which led to the ‘significant’ damage of an historic 151-year-old crucifix at a Limerick city church this week.

On Monday evening, a man entered the Redemptorist Church, at Mount St Alphonsus, South Circular Road, and damaged the crucifix.  

Rector Fr Seamus Enright told the Limerick Leader that the holy item has been in the church since 1865 and has been an “important part of the spiritual and cultural patrimony” of Mount St Alphonsus. 

The crucifix has been removed to Randel Hodkinson’s studio for restoration, and it is hoped that it will return to the Redemptorist Church in time for Christmas. 

“We are grateful to those who have been in contact with expressions of sympathy and offers of financial support. People can show their support by praying for all involved and, if they wish, by donating to the Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal. 

“The Redemptorists regret that this incident has happened and are relieved that nobody was injured. The incident has been reported to An Garda Síochána,” Fr Enright said in a statement this Tuesday morning. 

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