PRIEST IN PLEA AS BENCH IS TAKEN FROM LOCAL CEMETERY
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
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.’