In another week of good news for lovers of stolen heart reliquaries, the 800-year-old heart of Dublin’s patron saint has been found by the Irish police! Following the recovery of the heart of Anne de Bretagne last week in Brittany, the heart of St Laurence O’Toole, which was stolen from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin in 2012, has been found.
Laurence O’Toole was born in Ireland in 1128 and became an ascetic. He lived in a cave, never ate meat and fasted each day. In 1162 he was elected archbishop of Dublin and was made a saint by Pope Honorius III in 1225. His heart was kept in a wooden reliquary that was protected by an iron cage.
The thieves who stole the reliquary ignored chalices and candlesticks made of gold that were also in the cathedral, so they knew what they wanted. The six-year investigation by the Irish police found the heart but brought no arrests. Now the reliquary will be placed in a shrine in the cathedral to be dedicated to St Laurence.