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18th Jun 2024

Gardaí investigating unexplained ‘offensive’ noises interrupting Waterford funerals

Simon Kelly

Waterford offensive noises

Down with this sort of thing.

Gardaí are investigating complaints of someone playing ‘offensive’ noises on a loudspeaker during funerals and other religious services near a church in Waterford.

Mourners in Kilgobnet near Dungarvan have voiced their upset at the ‘sexual’ noises heard during funeral masses blaring from a nearby speaker.

It even got to a point where a Garda presence was required during a funeral service to ensure whoever is culpable for the acts couldn’t blast the audio during the burial at the adjoining cemetery.


Gardaí investigating unexplained ‘offensive’ noises interrupting Waterford funerals

In a statement to JOE on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: “Gardaí are investigating reports of offensive audio material being played on a continuous basis in the vicinity of Kilgobnet, Dungarvan, County Waterford in recent weeks.

“Investigations are ongoing at this time.”

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, a local parishioner described the incident as a “long running trick” and said they don’t know “why this person is doing this, or how they can be stopped.”

They continued: “When grieving families are burying their loved ones, the last thing they need to hear are words like ‘w****r’ being blasted out.”

The Waterford local added that the profanity is “like something from The Omen”.

It is understood that whoever is in possession of the loudspeaker is specifically targeting funerals in the parish, but also plays the audio throughout other services.

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