Heartless vandals knocked over and broke several gravestones in what appears to have been an orchestrated attack on the parish church in Castlecomer last week.
The incident occurred last Tuesday night in the cemetery of the Church the Immaculate Conception, where seven gravestones were recklessly pushed over or broken. There appeared to be no specific pattern as to which graves were targeted, as the tombstones were in all different areas of the graveyard and included headstones and crosses, both decades old and very modern.
In addition, several windows of the local fire station were smashed on the same night. It is suspected the two attacks are related.
Locals are fed up with what they say is a never-ending saga of wanton vandalism and petty crime in the area. There is just one Garda patrol car to police North Kilkenny, and the nearby Ballyragget station is now closing under new Government measures.
Councillor Maurice Shorthall said the community was disgusted by the latest incident.
“There is a sense of revulsion over this,” he said.
“It is no coincidence that a lot of these incidents seem to happen when the Gardai are out of the area. This copperfastens once again the need for a 24-hour Garda presence in Castlecomer.”
Gardai in Castlecomer have said they are following a definite line of inquiry. Anyone with any information on the incidents of that night should contact Castlecomer Garda Station on 056-4441222.