Sir, I agree with Killarney councillor Donal Grady on the issue of religious statues (TheKerryman, August 29). It is a terrible shame to destroy all the beautiful little things that mean so much to the Ireland of Saints and Scholars. The blessed statues that are now being removed from public hospitals have stood the test of time and have offended no one; they only brought solace and comfort to the sick and dying.
Any day you can walk into a Catholic church and see parishioners worshipping and lighting a candle in front of those saintly statues, often for a special favour.
Traditions are very strong all the time even though we live in a changed, so called modern, Ireland. Statues in public places, at crossroads and in our homes is one of those handsome traditions, which Catholics will always cherish.
We are all sinners and not holy Joes, but we were born into the Catholic faith and it has stood us in fine stead in shaping the Ireland we always knew as a country of kindness and affection.
Many people are now trying to abandon what was always an Irish Catholic way of living. There is nothing old fashioned in practising the faith; it will always survive and no body can quieten the hand of God the merciful. Sincerely, Tommy Conroy, O'Rahilly Villas, Tralee.