Crypt vandalized Dublin, broke into St Michan’s Church.
AN 800-YEAR-OLD mummy was decapitated by vandals at a tourist hotspot in the capital over the weekend.
St Michan’s Church on Church Street, Dublin, is almost 1,000 years old and is popular attraction for history loving tourists across the globe.
A number of vandals broke into the church over the weekend and ransacked an ancient crypt that contained four mummified bodies.
It’s understood the attack took place over the weekend and wasn’t discovered until a tour guide opened up the crypt this morning. The church had more than 26,000 visitors last year.
One of the prize attractions in the church is the body of an 800-year-old crusader that thugs decapitated in the cowardly attack over the weekend.
The 400-year-old body of a nun was also targeted in the sick raid that has shocked the Dublin parish.
Archdeacon of Dublin David Pierpoint today told how the priceless ancient bodies were taken out of coffins and ruined in the attack.
He told RTE’s Liveline: “St Michan’s Church of Church Street in Dublin was broken into at the weekend and the culprits, whoever they are, broke into the vault and a number of our bodies were destroyed including the 800-year-old crusader who was quite a big tourist attraction.
“They turned his body around and they messed about with it and then they severed his head. They’ve removed his head and it’s disappeared.
“It’s not on the ground. The Garda are here and it’s not on the ground or anywhere else so we can only assume they’ve taken it with them.
“It’s very sad. It’s devastating for the parish. It’s devastating for the community because we’re a very close community here around the church between the locals and visitors and so on. It’s completely devastating.
“There are three mummified bodies facing the vault entrance and then the crusader is on the back wall in a coffin.
“The others were damaged. One is a nun who has been completely thrashed. They’ve pretty much turned her head around. Another one was moved side ways in his coffin and they’ve removed another skull from the vault.”
Gardai investigating the sick attack on the tourist hotspot found a piece of a coffin with writing on it that may explain the motive behind the raid.
The Archdeacon explained: “We came across a broken piece of coffin with writing on it but the gardai are investigating it at the moment so I can’t really say much about that.
“We don’t know. I couldn’t quite make out what it said but the garda have been finger printing and photographing and stuff.
“In the same vault, it’s the Hamilton family vault. You’ve probably heard of the Hamilton building in Trinity College, the mathematician, he’s buried there and that vault was broken into and another coffin was broken up in there as well.
“So they’ve completely pretty much destroyed that vault and we’re going to have to close out tours now for the foreseeable future.”
This is the second time thugs targeted the historic church after a 1996 attack saw bodies removed from a crypt and ancient skulls kicked around a graveyard like footballs.
It’s understood the raiders broke into the church by removing a large metal gate that was taken completely off its hinges.
A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana told the Irish Sun: “Gardaí are investigating a break-in at St Michan’s Church on Church Street, Dublin. The matter was reported to Gardaí this afternoon, 25th February.
“The incident is believed to have occurred between 7pm on Saturday, 23th, and 8am on Sunday, 24th. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Bridewell Garda Station on 01 666 8200.”