The heart of Dublin's patron saint, Laurence O'Toole, is being returned to Christ Church Cathedral after its robbery in March 2012.
The priceless relic was stolen just over six years ago but has been recovered by Gardai who are continuing to investigate the theft.
The heart will be presented by Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy to the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, at a choral service this evening.
The cathedral’s Dean, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne, says he deeply appreciates the Gardai who worked to recover the relic.
“I am delighted that the heart will be back in the cathedral. I am grateful to the Gardaí for all the work they have done in recovering it. I said at the time it was stolen that the relic has no economic value but it is a priceless treasure that links the cathedral’s present foundation with its founding father, St Laurence O’Toole. It gives joy to my heart that the heart has been returned to the city."
Gardai haven't revealed where the heart was recovered.