'An attempt to warn people that clamping is in place for any all-day parking'
The Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish has responded to comments on social media over clamping at St Clare's Church.
A local business put up a post on Facebook over the weekend warning their customers about clamping at the St Clare's car park which ignited some heated and vitriolic exchanges in the comments section of the post.
The business posted a picture of what it claimed was a clamped vehicle in the car park.
Graiguecullen/Killeshin Parish issued a statement on Monday saying no private car has been clamped but the placing of a clamp "on a pre-agreed car was an attempt to warn people that clamping is in place for any all-day parking".
They said that parking availability has become a huge problem in recent months with the number of people parking all day in the church yard going up.
The statement said: "In recent months the number of people parking all day in the church yard has increased and this has led to an ambulance not being able to gain entry to the church, a wedding car unable to drive up to the front entrance of the church, people finding it difficult to gain access to the Poor Clare Convent and elderly people being unable to park in the church yard for Mass and having to walk longer distances.
"Signs were placed over eight months ago stating that the grounds were reserved for church and Poor Clare use and all-day parking was strictly prohibited.
"With the introduction of pay parking on Maryborough Street this week it was felt that the problem would escalate. The placing of a clamp on a pre-agreed car was an attempt to warn people that clamping is in place for any all-day parking.
"Graiguecullen/Killeshin parish prides itself on being a welcoming and caring community and only ever has the interests of all those young and old who attend our churches at heart."