Anger as replica Cross of Cong stolen from Church

The community in Roscommon town and environs has been shocked by the theft of the “priceless” replica of the Cross of Cong from the Sacred Heart Church.

  It was robbed from the cabinet beside the altar between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm on Thursday, May 19th. The robbery has been widely condemned on social media.

  “The cabinet was forced open and the cross was removed,” Sergeant Declan Hunt, of Roscommon Garda Station, said. “We suspect it was taken in the afternoon.”

  The original Cross of Cong was made in Co. Roscommon between 1119 and 1123. It one of the finest examples of metalwork and decorative art of its period in Western Europe, and is stored at the National Museum of Ireland.

  The replica that was stolen had been located in the Sacred Heart  Church since it was made in 1903.

  “It was priceless in a sense,” Sergeant Hunt said. “You couldn’t compare it with anything else. I am sure it was a valuable item. It was a very good replica that was there for 113 years.”

  He asked anyone with information in relation to the theft to contact Roscommon Garda Station on 090-6638300.