Reaction: Longford people ‘disgusted’ by ‘lack of respect’ after tabernacle stolen from St Michael’s Church, Shroid

Longford Gardaí appeal for information following break in and damage caused to church during Holy Week

Alan Walsh

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Longford people have expressed their disgust and upset following this morning’s news that St Michael’s Church, Shroid, in Longford parish, was broken into and the tabernacle was stolen.

The discovery was made shortly after 7am on Easter Sunday morning and Bishop Francis Duffy, who visited the crime scene, commented, “It is extremely upsetting for the parishioners and the clergy here in Longford that something like this could happen, but especially during Holy Week.”

A tabernacle is a fixed, locked box in which the Eucharist is stored. Photographs taken at St Michael’s Church show the damage caused following the removal of the tabernacle and also shows a violently smashed window.

Reacting to our story on the break-in on www.longfordleader.ie earlier today, one lady reacted, “This is so upsetting.”

Another said, “Just shows the lack of respect there is for other people's beliefs. Such disrespect. Horrible.”

A follower of the Longford Leader Facebook page remarked, “Sorry to say, but it doesn't shock me. Society is in the gutter, because we are just too soft with punishment. There is no respect any longer, no fear, no discipline.”

While another person on Facebook wrote, “Regardless of anyone's views on religion, to enter a church and steal something so important to so many people, is absolutely disgusting. Hopefully someone out there will do the right thing and report the thief to the authorities.”

Gardaí at Longford Garda Station are continuing their investigations into the break-in and anyone with information is urged to contact them 043 33 50570.

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