WHY?

PRIEST IN PLEA AS BENCH IS TAKEN FROM LO­CAL CEME­TERY

Drogheda Independent - - FRONT PAGE - BY HUBERT MUR­PHY

DO­MINI­CAN priest Fr Jim Don­leavy ad­mits he was shocked af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that a bench, placed at the Do­mini­can plot in St Peter’s Ceme­tery, was ripped up and taken away.

The bench was only in place for a short time when it dis­ap­peared.

It had been ce­mented into place in the plot, but all that re­mains is a large piece of con­crete that had been at­tached to one of the legs. ‘I’m dev­as­tated by it,’ he ad­mit­ted. ‘I went there to sit and re­mem­ber past col­leagues who have served the town and now passed on to their re­ward. It’s very sad for this to have hap­pened.’

He worked with a num­ber of those buried in the grave­yard.

‘It does make you won­der why bother with things like this if they are go­ing to be taken from a grave­side.

‘You can be­come dis­il­lu­sioned by this.’ The bench was made of wrought iron and was pretty heavy so it would have taken con­sid­er­able force to get it re­moved.

‘What was the point I won­der,’ Fr

Jim added.

He feels a large trailor or ve­hi­cle would have been needed to re­move the bench.

‘We’ll just have to con­sider what to do next. Do you re­place it and risk it be­ing taken again, but it would be nice to have some­thing there,’ he ex­plained.

He would love to see the seat re­turned if pos­si­ble and asks that if some­one knows what hap­pened to it to let the Do­mini­cans on Do­minic Street know.

It can also be re­turned by plac­ing it at the grave­side and they’ll look af­ter it from there.

‘Get­ting it back would be great. It’s just spe­cial,’ he added.

‘I went there to sit and re­mem­ber past col­leagues who have served the town. It’s very sad for this to have hap­pened.’

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