A portrait of St. Columban was mutilated by unknown vandals in the town of Luxeuil, France, founded by the Trish missionary Saint himself in the 6th century.
The portrait damaged was one displayed publicly each year on the Saint's feast day. Two large pieces
were cut from the picture. They were later found in a nearby courtyard. The mutilation occurred only a few days after the close of ceremonies. attended by Mr. Costello, Irish Prime Minister, and others celebrating Saint Columban's 14th centenary.