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Ballapousta grave targeted in act of vandalism

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An image of the headstone that was attacked in Ballapousta cemetery.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Gardai are investigating after a callous act of vandalism occurred at Ballapousta cemetery when a large chunk of a headstone was knocked off.

The incident is believed to have occurred overnight on Tuesday and was discovered on Wednesday by the graveyard caretaker who was cutting grass. It is not believed any other grave or headstone was targeted in the incident at the old graveyard on the church side in Ballapousta.

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John Kieran, who’s grandparents John C Kieran and wife Aileen’s grave was targeted, told ThisIsArdee.ie that the vandalism was “very upsetting” and described it as “a ridiculous thing to do.”

Gardai attended the scene on Wednesday afternoon and are urging anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around Ballapousta Cemetery to contact them at Ardee Gardai Station on 041 687 1130.

A large chunk was knocked off the headstone by the vandal.

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