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Some more on Longford Cathedral from the Sunday Business Post:

Objects saved from St Mel’s fire
07 February 2010 By Kieron Wood

Historic artefacts that were thought to have been destroyed in the Christmas morning fire at St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford have been recovered by archaeologists from the National Museum.

The fire destroyed the interior of the cathedral, along with many of the contents of the adjoining diocesan museum. The collection of almost 500 items included a number of objects of national importance, such as the 9th century crozier of St Mel, patron of the diocese, and the 12th century Bell of the Kings.

‘‘It seemed at first that the entire contents of the museum had perished in the fire,” said Bishop Colm O’Reilly of Ardagh and Clonmacnois at Mass last night in the Temperance Hall next to the cathedral.

‘‘I am therefore pleased to be able to announce that – thanks to the efforts of a team from the National Museum of Ireland – more than 200 objects have been recovered. These have now been removed to the National Museum of Ireland for safekeeping.”

Among the fire-damaged objects recovered are the 16th century book shrine of St Caillinn, which is largely intact, and part of St Mel’s crozier.

Also saved were an early iron hand bell from Wheery, Co Offaly, and a 13th century crozier made at Limoges in France.

However, the collection of vestments, penal crosses, silver and pewter altar vessels and books was entirely destroyed.

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