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Ireland    PRIEST WANTS CHURCH ORNAMENTS KEPT AWAY FROM PUBS AND JUNK SHOPS
The Catholic Church in Ireland needs to establish a system for preserving its church artifacts, which sometimes end up as pub ornaments, said a priest expert on church heritage conservation.
    "We have no real system in place for protecting our heritage, or even for identifying and prioritising what needs to be protected in terms of architecture, archaeology and cultural objects.
    In some cases valuable church artifacts are ending up in junk shops or used as ornaments in pubs and hotels," said Father Tomas O'Caoimh.
    "We need to establish standards for storing our treasures in museums and repositories. Unusually, Ireland has only a few small diocesan museums, whereas in Europe nearly every diocese has its own large museum."
   
CNS
11 Aug 00



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