Although I have long ago left my Catholic roots behind I was sad to see the destruction of Longford cathedral.
The building played a leading role in my youth and religious indoctrination. I was baptized, received Holy Communion and was confirmed in the building, I also served as an altar boy there for a number of years.
It’s always sad to see such fine architecture and art destroyed but it must also be a great shock for those who are still faithful to the Catholic Church. My elderly aunt and uncle live near the cathedral and are shocked at its destruction.
One of my brothers worked on the staff and some years ago gave me the ‘royal tour’ from the crypt to the top of the steeple.
Clearly, all records held in the cathedral will have been destroyed, including mine, but I would be amazed if the precaution of making copies wasn’t taken.