'Sectarian' graffiti at Church of Ireland church
Vandals have sprayed 'sectarian graffiti' on a Church of Ireland church, in Enniscorthy, in the latest in a series of attacks that have been going on for the past year.
Rev Nicola Halford, the Rector of Enniscorthy and Monart Union, said that in the Ash Wednesday incident, the words 'Proddy Basterd (sic)' were spray painted on the door of St Mary's Church.
'We had quite a lot of anti-social behaviour. Somebody had spray painted all along the back wall and the door,' said Rev Halford, describing the 'writing' as 'secretarian in its nature'.
One of the words was spelt wrong which would suggest it was someone very young,' she said. Rev Halford said the incident was latest in months of incidents.
'We has 70 small panes of glass smashed over the summer and ended up having to push mesh over the windows. Every day I was going to the church to find glass on the floor where stones had been thrown.'
'It's very costly and very disappointing because ecumenical relationships in the town are very good,' she told this newspaper.
Rev Halford said she believed there were small groups of people gathering at the back of the church who may be responsible for the attacks, although she had no idea of their identity.
The next step, she said, was to install security lights and CCTV.
The gardai have been informed and have asked anyone seeing anyone in the vicinity of the church acting suspiciously to contact them.
Rev Halford said St Mary's had a regular congregation of 60 to 70 people, many of them elderly.
'What has been happening is very upsetting for the congregation,' she said.