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Saturday 24 August 2019

St Michan's crypt reopens, almost five months after purloined skulls returned to resting place

 

Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, Michael Jackson with Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin at the Crypt of St Michan's. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough, Michael Jackson with Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin at the Crypt of St Michan's. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Allison Bray

The Dublin crypt that made headlines around the world after vandals broke in and stole the head of an 800-year-old mummy and another skull is to reopen next week.

The crypt at St Michan's Church on Arran Quay will reopen on Tuesday at 11am. The Church of Ireland crypt has been off limits since vandals broke in over the weekend of February 23-24 this year.

The mummy known as 'The Crusader' was decapitated. The remains of a 400-year-old nun were also stolen and some of the bones of 'The Crusader' were found outside the coffin. The motive for the crime remains a mystery.

A 35-year-old Dublin man was charged under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act when 'The Crusader' and another skull were recovered by gardaí from the nearby Bridewell garda station on March 5.

The head of 'The Crusader' and the other skull were found in a bag in the grounds of a northside church.

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson reconsecrated the crypt after he and Catholic Church Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin appealed to those responsible to "examine their consciences" and return the remains.

Specialists restored the skulls and returned them to the crypt.

Irish Independent

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