Families in shock after car wrecks graves of gardai at cemetery

The graves of up to five families, including two gardai, have been smashed after a car was driven into a quiet cemetery in Co Dublin and ploughed over them.

The incident happened last Thursday night or early Friday morning in the Ardla Cemetery near Skerries.

A damaged car was later found abandoned  - writes herald.ie

One of the graves is that of local respected Superintendent Denis Hogan, who died in 1984.

His wife Olive, who died two years ago, is also buried in the same plot.

Their son Damian, who is a serving Garda Sergeant, condemned the actions of whoever was responsible for the vandalism.

Distressing

"This is a despicable thing to do in sacred ground and extremely distressing for the families involved," he said.

"The two graves are beside each other. The plinth on my own parents' plot has been badly damaged, but the damage to the second grave is shocking," he added.

The second grave is that of John Joseph Thornton, who passed away in the mid 1980s.

"That headstone is completely smashed and lying in several pieces on the grave. It is awful to see it. We really can't understand why anyone would do something like this," said Sgt Hogan.

The fact that the two men had served in An Garda Siochana is inscribed into the headstones, and gardai are trying to establish whether the incident deliberately targeted the graves of former officers or was more random in nature.

"The people left hurting are the families of the deceased who are still mourning," added Sgt Hogan.

"This vandalism shows a total lack of respect for the dead and the living.

"The people who did this need to be held accountable and I would urge anyone who knows anything to contact the gardai in confidence."

The cemetery has been used by some members of the community for antisocial activity and drinking in the past, but this type of vandalism has never been reported at the location before now.

Some families living nearby reported the vandalism and called gardai.

Read more news of Dublin on our site.

herald.ie
gardaiatcemetery
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
1 view in december
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
Two people have been arrested following a stabbing incident in Dublin city centre. The incident happened on Essex Quay at around 4.40pm. A man aged in his late 20s was treated at the scene and taken to St James's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the incident. A man and woman, both aged in their 20s, were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Pearse Street Garda Station. Gardaí sealed off part of the south quays for several ho...
Society
A kitchen went up in flames yesterday after some Christmas decorations were left on top of a microvwave. The Dublin Fire Brigade had to be called to quell the flames after tinsel caught fire having been left over a mircowave. Firefighters have warned others to be more careful with their decorating saying the tinsel was placed over the microwave's vent causing it to go up once the machine was turned on. They said: "Yesterday, Firefighters attended a kitchen...
Society
A Dublin mother is extremely concerned for the welfare of her 15-year-old son after he never came home from the shop yesterday. Aleksejs Snitko went to the Tesco shop in Balbriggan yesterday, Saturday December 9 at around 4.30pm. His mother Iveta told Dublin Live that when her son left the home, he was wearing light grey basketball shoes, tight sport trousers and a warm navy jacket with a hoodie. He was also carrying a black and blue Puma school bag. The t...
Society
A man and woman were arrested following a stabbing incident that left Dublin city centre on lockdown on Sunday evening. The pair were taken to Pearse st station after another man in his early 20s was hospitalised with 'non-fatal injuries'. It is believed a fight spilled out onto the road with one witness telling Dublin Live that she thought the man was going to be "throw him into the river". She said: "They stopped the traffic while they were fighting that...
Society
The final report into the marine tragedy in which Doolin-based volunteer coastguard crew member Caitríona Lucas died in 2016 is critical of safety aspects of the operation. It concluded that the Delta Rigid Inflatable Boat that capsized was launched in conditions that were outside the operational limits of the vessel and that there were deficiencies with its communications and navigational equipment. Ms Lucas, a 41-year-old mother-of-two living in Liscanno...
Society
A software development company is to create 85 jobs in Galway over the next 12 months. MathWorks says the expansion will lead to the recruitment of candidates with sales, service, marketing or administrative skills. It hopes to hire 20 people immediately with the remaining 65 roles being filled in 2019. The company opened an office in Galway two years ago. It provides sales and services support throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with staff operat...
Incidents
A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a taxi driver in North Dublin on Saturday night. The woman, believed to be in her 30s, had been picked up by a registered taxi from the Main Street in Malahide after socialising in the area and was heading in the Swords direction. It is believed after the taxi driver dropped off the other people in the car, the alleged victim was left alone with the driver for a stretch of road. The taxi driver then allegedly sex...
Society
A man was yesterday convicted of assaulting and injuring his neighbour by “continuously punching and head-butting him”. Peter Lambe, 50, was found guilty of assaulting 62-year-old Gerard Furlong after he pinned the grandad to the ground and left him bloodied and bruised. The victim, who said he is still in constant fear, suffered serious facial injuries during the frenzied attack on March 4, 2016, which came after ongoing disputes. Mr Furlong described how...
Society
The long-suffering father of Trevor Deely has told how he refuses to abandon his dream that his missing son will one day walk back through the front door of his family home. Heartbroken parents Michael and Ann Deely have endured yet another agonising year in which not one single lead has emerged into their youngest son’s baffling disappearance. But speaking on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the last sighting of the then-22-year-old, resolute Michael sa...