Dublin, Ireland, Nov 13, 2019 / 14:51 pm
A group broke into an Irish Carmelite monastery during the daytime, vandalized its chapel and shouted slurs at the elderly nuns who lived there on Monday.
“The poor sisters who live there play such an integral part of life in the area and it’s outrageous that a small group of thugs would target them like this,” a local parishioner who regularly goes to the chapel told the news site Dublin Live.
The incident happened after 1 p.m. Nov. 11 at Star of the Sea Monastery in Malahide, about 10 miles north of Dublin City Center.
Fr. Jimmy McPartland, co-parish priest at the nearby St. Anne’s Church in Portmarnock, announced the incident to parishioners during a morning Mass.
McPartland said the vandals had “desecrated” the chapel. The gang had shouted “very horrible things” about the nuns after the vandalism.
The parishioner told Dublin Live the priest was “visibly upset” in reporting the news and the congregation was “shocked.”
"He mentioned that the thugs had said very offensive things about the nuns and there was possibly racist graffiti," the parishioner reported.
Police said they are investigating and no arrests have been made.