A Memorial plaque at Fane river has been destroyed by vandals

The plaque erected in memory of Stephen Toner was smashed by thugs over the weekend

The plaque erected in memory of Stephen Toner was smashed by thugs over the weekend

The memorial plaque had been placed on the railings of the bridge and was smashed during the night of a recent weekend.

Stephen was just twenty-years-old when he lost his life on the Fane river in August 2010.

The emergency and rescue services worked through the night to recover Stephen.

His loss was greatly felt by his family who now have has to endure this attack.

His funeral was one of the largest seen in Dromiskin for some time.

The Toner family and friends last year held a very successful night in aid of Dundalk Sub Aqua Club which played such a significant role in the recovery at the time of his tragic death in August 2010.

Mr Paddy Toner and members of the Toner family handed over a cheque for the night’s proceeds to Mr Paddy Agnew and members of Dundalk Sub Aqua Club.

The Toner family were extremely grateful to everyone who supported them on the night and everyone who made donations and offered sponsorship.

The vandalism of memorials and headstones has unfortunatley increased over the last few years. A number of cemeteries have been targeted by vandals in mid and north Louth because of easy access and the lack of public lighting.

Earlier this year, the Dromiskin Cemetery Committee which has been very active over the past number of years in maintaining and improving the cemetery, looked at ways to prevent this kind of vandalism including a reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for the destruction and desecration of graves in the local cemetery.

This followed the latest attack on a grave in the cemetery in which a headstone was knocked.

“There were three headstones knocked last year,” a cemetery committee spokesman said.

“This has to end. We cannot allow this mindless destruction to continue.

“Somebody knows who is doing this.

“The Gardai have been called in and they are already conducting door-to-door enquires.

“We are determined that these people will be apprehended and prosecutions will follow.”