Published Monday, 26 May 2014
Fr Oliver Stansfield spoke to UTV about the incident. (© UTV)
A suspicious device was found after Garda detectives stopped and searched a white van in the church car park in Kilcurry near Dundalk on Sunday evening.
Five men, aged between mid-50s and early-70s, were all arrested at the scene. One is believed to be from north Belfast.
They are being detained at Drogheda and Dundalk Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 30 Offences Against the State Act.
Forensic examinations were still taking place at the scene on Monday.
Speaking to UTV, Fr Oliver Stansfield, from St Brigid's Church criticised those behind incident.
"This is not what a Christian would ever even dream about, this is something that is totally against our faith, against our religion," he told UTV.
"This is very disappointing that people would use a church yard to do these things."
The item found on Sunday was a homemade device similar to one discovered earlier in the month in Co Dublin.
A 55-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was arrested after the device, which had been packed into a milk churn, was discovered in a car with a NI registration at a hotel car park in Lucan.
He was remanded into custody charged with IRA membership and possessing explosives.
UTV correspondent Sharon O'Neill, said from Kilcurry: "Intelligence sources have suggested that there were four bombs in circulation, this is the second one so what police on both sides of the border will now be doing is trying to find out where and when next targets may be."
© UTV News