St Michael's Church in Shroid has had a very busy week, following the break-in, desecration and theft of the Tabernacle. But it hasn't all been bad news - in fact, last weekend was full of joy and good faith.
On Saturday, April 22, the wedding of Audrey Harford and Michael Keogh took place in the beautiful old church, despite the disaster of the previous week.
“Thankfully, the efficient Fr Healy and his team set about getting the damage repaired as quickly as humanly possible,” said Tiernan Dolan,who was the photographer at the wedding.
“Indeed, Fr Healy was able to text Audrey almost straight away saying that Shroid would be available for their big day. The glass was covered and the area where the Tabernacle was, was also given a make over.
“The church looked wonderful on the day of the wedding. The sun shone and everyone was happier than the proverbial Larry.
“Everything was spic and span and unless you were aware of how it looked before the desecration, you wouldn't have noticed a thing. Those who worked on the repairs, certainly did an excellent job.
“It certainly didn't have an impact on the wedding or the cool couple... if anything, it made the day more special because it focused on what can be achieved in the face of adversity.”
But this wasn't the only joyous occasion to take place in Shroid.
Sunday April 23 saw the reconsecration of the church - and a visit from Bishop Francis Duffy.
The morning began with a blessing of the church and the congregation, which was followed by a Mass and Benediction. Bishop Francis then stayed to greet the parishioners.
“(The reconsectration) was a lovely, simple but moving ceremony and the congregation were delighted to have Bishop Francis in their little church,” said Tiernan.
“It's been some few days for the people: one week, a Mass, the next week, desecration and no Mass, and finally a wedding, a Reconsecration Mass and a visit from the Bishop.”
It has certainly been some week for Shroid, but the events of this weekend certainly emphasised the strong sense of community in the parish.