The Rector of Maghera and Killelagh, Rev Terence Kerr, has said he prayed for the person or persons responsible for a recent incident of vandalism at the rectory near St Lurach’s Parish Church, in Maghera, during which thousands of pounds of damage was caused.
The local parish had only recently completed a £70,000 refurbishment of the historic house, which was built more than 200 years ago. A number of specially-commissioned window panes – each worth around £60 – were smashed during the incident.
Rev Kerr said as well as praying for whoever carried out the attack, he had prayed, too, for justice to happen and hoped the perpetrator or perpetrators would be apprehended. He said Bishop Andrew Forster and local politicians had been among those who had contacted him to express concern following the attack.
The Rector said many of his parishioners felt angry and upset after the incident. “People are very proud of their church,” he told the County Derry Post newspaper, “and they see this vandalism as not only harming the rectory but harming the people themselves who have paid very well to see this [building] refurbished. We could see a bill coming in of around five to six thousand pounds to repair this.” Rev Kerr said there would be an additional cost to the parish, which intends erecting a number of security cameras in the wake of the vandalism attack.
The Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to call 101, quoting reference 346 23/04/21.
(Photograph from County Derry Post)