SIX unique Stations of
the Cross were stolen from an East Galway Roman Catholic church
last month, part of a collection of 14 gouache studies by the
internationally renowned artist Evie Hone.
They were commissioned by
a local family for the church of St Peter and St Paul, near
Loughrea, and are among the painted artworks by Dublin-born Hone,
who specialised in stained-glass windows, including one for the
east window of Eton College chapel.
The theft was discovered
by the parish priest, Fr Martin McNamara, who said that the crime
was a "terrible blow" to the community.
Outline sketches which
Hone created for the Stations fetched more than €40,000 at auction