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Beyond the grave, Smyth's evil acts have left his order with a huge cross to bear

With massive debt and dwindling numbers, the Norbertines have accepted their fate, writes Jerome Reilly

Published 04/12/2011 | 05:00

Fr Gerard Cusack
Fr Gerard Cusack
Brendan Smyth
Brendan Smyth's grave
Kilnacrott Abbey

THERE is now a headstone over the grave of Fr Brendan Smyth but though he is dead now for 14 years, the convicted child rapist still casts a long shadow over his abbey and the innocent priests from his order.

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Now hideously in debt as a result of civil claims made against them, the Norbertine Order at Kilnacrott Abbey needs to sell the property -- but prospective buyers want all trace of Smyth and his horrific legacy removed before they will buy the abbey, just outside Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.

Three years ago it was worth €3m but the property crash has made that estimate hopelessly optimistic.

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