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Burglary at Holycross Abbey, Tipperary on the 11/10/11

One of the crosses

On the 11th October 2001 at approximately 5.05pm, 2 males entered Holycross Abbey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary armed with a hammer, a screwdriver and angle grinder and forced open a cabinet containing 2 Holy Crosses. 

The culprits left in a Red/Wine VW Touareg (believed to be 06 LK 5124 which had been stolen on the 11.03.11 in Greystones).  This vehicle was subsequently found burnt out a short distance away.  A dark coloured saloon car was observed travelling at speed, in the vicinity of where the jeep was burnt out.

The description of the items stolen:

1.       Holy Cross approx. 12” in height, hanging on a chain and contained 2 crosses and 2 dark stones.  It was made from Silver and dated back to 14th Century.

2.       Holy Cross approximately 12” in height standing on its own base.  The cross contained a centrepiece that could hold the host.  This cross was made from Gold and Bronze.

These religious artefacts are priceless.  The picture attached is of one of the crosses.

Gardaí at Thurles Garda Station are investigating                                         Telephone 0504 25100