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Elderly nuns 'terrorised' by teenagers thumping convent windows

Teenagers are intimidating elderly nuns at St Clare's Convent in Keady, Co Armagh

NUNS in their eighties are being "terrorised" by teenagers entering the grounds of their Co Armagh convent, an SDLP councillor has warned.

Thomas O'Hanlon said the Sisters at St Clare's Convent in Keady have been frightened by youths who come into the grounds, thump windows and ring a large bell in the convent grounds.

He said some of the incidents have happened late at night - most recently on Wednesday when a group of four children believed to be Year 10 pupils were involved.

He said the eight nuns, aged between 73 and 89, were being targeted "on an ongoing basis".

"They deserve a bit of peace in their old age," he said.

The convent is close to several playing fields.

In an earlier Facebook post, the councillor said a nun had "chased" the teenagers from the grounds on Wednesday.

"I would appeal to those responsible to stop," he said.

"How would you like an elderly relative of yours sitting in their home at night afraid?

"To parents, I would appeal ensure you know where your sons/daughters are in the evening or at night.

"This is not about being a spoil sport, there's plenty of things for people to do and facilities to use without terrorising people. There are many, many great young people in our town, as always, it only takes one or two..."

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