Church vandals worked in vain - says Cannon

Moville Gospel Choir presenting a cheque for 2400 euro to members of Moville Church of Ireland which they raised in aid of the smashed windows at the church. 'Pictured are:Back row: Sammy Bredin, Marianne Ashcroft, Leona Hutchinson, Geraldine Breslin, and Breege McGinley. 'Front Row: Cannon Bill McNee, Silva Bredin, Michael Fisher and Michael McLaughlin

Moville Gospel Choir presenting a cheque for 2400 euro to members of Moville Church of Ireland which they raised in aid of the smashed windows at the church. 'Pictured are:Back row: Sammy Bredin, Marianne Ashcroft, Leona Hutchinson, Geraldine Breslin, and Breege McGinley. 'Front Row: Cannon Bill McNee, Silva Bredin, Michael Fisher and Michael McLaughlin

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Vandals, who viciously targeted the historic windows of a Moville Church in April, have not succeeded in causing the harm they intended, according to a local clergy member.

Cannon Bill McNee from Moville’s Church of Ireland said the vandals who aimlessly threw rocks through their 150 year old windows have only succeeding in making the community closer.

Speaking as members of the Moville Gospel Choir presented a cheque for 2400 euro following a fundraising concert for the Church, Cannon McNee said he was “blown away” by the outpouring of support they have received since the windows were broken.

“What started as an act of vandalism has turned into something extremely positive, in fact the way in which the community have supported us has been tremendous.

“Relations have always been good between the Churches and I believe what happened to our windows was an isolated incident. But the way in which the community has responded has been very encouraging. We have support from all over Donegal. People have gave us donations and we’d a few anonymous donations as well.”

Cannon McNee, who was on holidays at the time of the attack, said it was very sad to hear the news from his congregation

“It was sad to hear about the windows but it’s been nice to have the work we do recognised by so many. I couldn’t believe the effort that went into the concert. The Gospel Choir contacted me and asked if they would be interested in the fundraising concert I was very keen but then when they said they would do all the work and sell the tickets themselves I couldn’t believe it.”

He added: “Unfortunately the windows will have to be replaced as they can’t be repaired but what we have received here today has helped make that feasible.”

Gospel Choir Leader Michael Fisher said the group were “delighted” to be involved in the project.

“This idea came from the members of the choir and everything worked out very well. The response we got from choir to put the concert together was phenomenal and0 combined with the support from the community really made it a fantastic night.

Choir Member Geraldine Breslin said they would like to thank all the local businesses who made donations to them.

“We all wanted to help fix the windows as much as we could, this is a close community and we are a community based choir who are always open to new members and new ideas,” explained Geraldine.