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Man (48) charged with arson after fire at historic Dublin Church

A 48-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with committing arson after a fire at the 19th Century St Catherine’s Church in Dublin’s Liberties.

Smoke and water damage were caused to St Catherine's Church in Meath Street after a fire broke out yesterday evening.

Firefighters took two hours to get the blaze under control and the Meath Street church sustained both fire and water damage.

A man was arrested and was detained at Kevin Street Garda station.

Patrick Curry, of no fixed abode, was charged with committing arson at St Catherine's Church at the Dublin District Court today.

The court was told that there were serious psychiatric issues and his solicitor requested an urgent psychiatric assessment. The request was granted by Judge Timothy Lucey.

Garda Brian Hawkins of Kevin Street Garda Station told the court that Mr Curry made no reply to the charge.

No application for bail was made and Mr Curry was remanded in custody at Cloverhill Prison to appear in court again on 10 January.