Historic graves smashed during weekend incident at St Patrick’s Cemetery, Donabate

by Rose Barrett
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Graves in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Donabate were damaged in the early hours of last Sunday morning after a car crashed through a boundary wall. 

At least six to seven headstones, some believed date back to the 1800s were smashed following a single vehicle road traffic incident which gardaí say occurred at approximately 3:15am on Sunday morning. 

Gardaí in Swords are investigating the incident and appealing for any witnesses to come forward. A woman in her 40s was taken to Beaumont Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the incident. 

Local Labour area Rep, Corina Johnston stated “I visited the graveyard on Sunday and was shocked at the extent of the damage. I spoke with a number of families in the local community who are devastated by the damage to the headstones of their ancestors buried in the graveyard. 

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“Many families are concerned that the damage to the historical headstones may be irreparable. At the moment, we can only hope that the headstones can be restored to their original condition.” 

Ms Johnston said she wished the occupant of the vehicle involved a speedy and full recovery. Dublin Fire Brigade reported “Firefighters extricated a patient from a car after it was driven through the wall of a cemetery in Donabate overnight. 

“The patient was kept stable by FF/Ps while the roof was removed and then they were transported to hospital by NAS.” 

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward “Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the Main Street area of Donabate between 2:45am and 3:30am are asked to make this footage available to gardaí,” said the Garda Press Office.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01 666 4700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

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