Over 20,000 euro has now been raised to help with repairs at a Church of Ireland church in Connemara, which was severely damaged by vandals last month.
Extensive damage, running to tens of thousands of euro, was carried out at the Errislannan Church near Clifden in October.
The altar rail was ripped from its fixings and all of the pews were ripped from the ground. The Church organ and replacement organ were completely destroyed and the pulpit was split in two.
All the windows were broken and a cross was pulled from the wall. All electrical fittings were also destroyed. The Church bible was thrown through the window and discovered on the ground outside.
A gofundme page, set up by The Very Rev. Stan Evans, Provost of Tuam less than two weeks ago to help with the cost of restoring the church to its former glory, has so far raised over 23,000 euro, according to the Irish Independent, while it’s estimated that it will cost in the region of €70,000 to restore the building.
Rev Evans said the entire community was rallying around the congregation and he made a commitment that the church would reopen for services next summer.