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20/10/2021

Severed head of Our Lady statue found after search

The headless statue on the grounds of St Canice's Hospital. Photo: Pat Moore.
The severed head of a statue of Our Lady, which had gone missing from the grotto in the grounds of St Canice’s Hospital, has finally been found.

The severed head of a statue of Our Lady, which had gone missing from the grotto in the grounds of St Canice’s Hospital, has finally been found.

The head was lost for over a week, and HSE staff had begun a search for it. The statue, which is around five feet in height, was badly damaged in the storm in February. It was knocked from its plinth by a fallen tree. The fall separated head from body.

Before it could be repaired, someone removed the head from the grotto, and there were fears it would not be found. But yesterday, a member of staff at the hospital revealed he had taken the head for safekeeping until repairs could be made.

A spokesperson for the HSE said that the statue is now to be restored.

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