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Friday 9 December 2016

Irish nun trapped in elevator for three days

Rome where the incident happened
Rome where the incident happened

AN Irish nun is recovering after being trapped in an elevator for three days.

The woman - who is in her late 50s - and a fellow nun from New Zealand became trapped in the elevator in a Marist convent in Rome.

After the elevator got stuck on its way down the building the women called for help - but there was no one in the building to hear their cries.

They also had no mobile phone and were unable to call for help.

The pair were discovered on Monday by a cleaner who called police after ringing the doorbell and receiving no reply.

The two nuns were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for dehydration.

It is understood that the Irish nun has lived and worked in Rome for the past seven years, but was originally from the north-west of Ireland.

She also served at a Marist convent in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, where she was a primary school teacher.

A nun from the Marist order last night told the Herald said that the woman was "alright now" and that she did not want to speak about her experience "at present".

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