Heartless thugs vandalise grave of tragic local teenager

Heartless thugs have vandalised the grave of a Kilkenny teenager who died six years ago in tragic circumstances.

Heartless thugs have vandalised the grave of a Kilkenny teenager who died six years ago in tragic circumstances.

The young man, who was from De La Salle Place in Kilkenny City, died of a drug overdose in 2007. He was just 17 years old.

Last week, vandals entered St Kieran’s Cemetery overnight and set about damaging his final resting place. They broke two plaques by the graveside, smashed in the picture of the deceased on the headstone, and overturned it.

The badly-damaged grave was found by a passerby on Monday morning. She alerted the cemetery caretaker to what had happened.

Local headstone maker Matty Gargan replaced the broken stonework.

The attack comes just one week after a church and graveyard in south Kilkenny were set upon by like-minded degenerates.

There, the graves of two priests and a statue of Jesus were daubed with red paint. Last year, several gravestones were upturned in an attack on the cemetery in Castlecomer’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, while Foulkstown Cemetery has similarly been attacked in the past.