800-year-old heart of St Laurence O'Toole relic recovered by gardai

The heart of the patron saint of the Dublin diocese was stolen back in March 2012.

An 800-year-old religious relic that was stolen from Christ Church Cathedral six years ago has been recovered - writes dublinlive.ie

Gardai found the preserved heart of St Laurence O'Toole undamaged in the Phoenix Park.

The heart of the patron saint of the Dublin diocese was stolen back in March 2012.

The heart will be presented by Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy to the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, at a service of Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral, at 6pm this evening.

Archbishop Jackson said that the return of the heart is of huge significance to the people of Dublin.

Archbishop Jackson said: "The return of the heart of Laurence O’Toole to Christ Church Cathedral brings great joy to the people of Dublin as Dubliners.

"For those of us associated with the life of the dioceses, it brings again to the fore the close relationship between Glendalough and Dublin, a relationship of more than 800 years.

"Laurence left the monastic city of Glendalough of which he was Abbot to become Archbishop of Dublin, hence cementing a vibrant relationship that continues unabated to this day.

"Our deep thanks and warm appreciation go to all who have worked tirelessly to make this day of restoration possible, particularly the Garda Síochána."

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