Headstones vandalised at Naas cemetery

A number of gravestones at the parish cemetery in Naas were damaged last weekend.

A number of gravestones at the parish cemetery in Naas were damaged last weekend.

Mourners attending the funerals of two local people noticed the damage at St. Corban’s Cemetery on Saturday.

The Leader understands that the damage was discovered by a cemetery worker on Saturday morning.

According to one witness, at least one headstone had been damaged beyond repair.

“I noticed at least four of the headstones appeared to have been pushed over toward the middle section of the cemetery. At least one had been smashed, and it was apparent that force was used rather than the stone simply falling over,” one of those who attended a funeral told the Leader.

He added: “Like any normal person, I feel bad on behalf the families affected by this. If it had been one of my family graves, I would have been very upset by it.”

Another witness who visited the cemetery on Sunday said he had never seen anything like it.

“It’s absolutely disgraceful, and it’s a bad reflection on the way society is heading,” he said.

- Paul O’Meara