Graveyard vandalised

DROMISKIN Cemetery Committee is offer a reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for the destruction and desecration of graves in the local cemetery.

DROMISKIN Cemetery Committee is offer a reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for the destruction and desecration of graves in the local cemetery.

A spokesperson for the committee said posters will be distributed throughout the parish informing people of the destruction that is taking place and a reward will also be announced.

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

“There were three headstones knocked last year,” the 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.”

A number of cemeteries have been targeted by vandals in mid and north Louth because of easy access and the lack of public lighting.

The Dromiskin Cemetery Committee has been very active over the past number of years in maintaining and improving the cemetery.

The cemetery itself dates back to a monastic settlement in the seventh century and contains a round tower, part of a Celtic Cross, and part of the original monastery itself.

Some headstones in the cemetery depict ancient hunting scenes and have been listed as of major archaeological interest by experts from the National Museum. It is an important historical site.