Delight as items stolen from St Anne's Cathedral are returned
The Dean of Belfast has spoken of his relief after historical items stolen from St Anne's Cathedral over six weeks ago were returned.
Silver plates dating from the 16th and 19th centuries and a seven-inch chalice were stolen in October from the church's library.
In appeals for the items to be returned, clergy had said the pieces held little value but a wealth of sentiment for the church.
On Wednesday the church announced that the items had been discovered and would soon be placed on display once again.
The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann, said: "Needless to say that I am delighted and relieved to hear that the stolen cathedral silver plate has been found, and that St Anne's will have it back soon.
"These communion vessels are important to us, not for their monetary worth, which is comparatively small, but for their historic and sacramental connection with the cathedral worshipping community, and to the old St Anne's church which stood on the site before the cathedral was built.
"I would like to thank all who have been responsible for the recovery of these vessels, which we will have back in use, with much joy, as soon as possible."