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Girl was in car moments before it was driven through cemetery

By Elaine Keogh

A young girl had been playing in a car just minutes before it was stolen by a man in a cemetery.

The car was subsequently driven at speed through the crowded St Patrick's graveyard in Dowdallshill, Dundalk, Co Louth, where thousands of people had gathered for the annual Blessing of the Graves service.

A grandfather, who was struck when the car suddenly reversed, remained in a serious condition in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital last night.

Well placed sources said a girl had been playing in and out of the car a short time before it was taken.

It is understood the car belonged to a member of her family who was there for the service.

The sources said that while she was not in the car when it was stolen, she was in it a short time beforehand.

Meanwhile gardai confirmed that the car was not driven into the cemetery but was already parked there when it was stolen.

A man who was arrested shortly after the incident on Sunday afternoon remained in custody last night.

The injured man, who is in his 70s, is understood to work part-time as a lollipop man at a primary school in Dundalk and comes from a well-known and respected family in the area.

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