A KILDARE family who returned to Limerick to inter the ashes of a woman originally from Murroe had their cars broken into during the service.
Locals have been repulsed at the crime which occurred outside Abington cemetery last Saturday around noon. Three car windows were smashed and a mobile phone, laptop and €1,300 in cash was taken. It is understood the large sum of money belonged to a person who was going on holidays in the next couple of days and had brought it with them to Limerick for safe-keeping.
While it has been common practice for years to have somebody guard the family homes of a person being laid to rest, now a priest and undertaker say that sadly it will have to be done outside graveyards during burials.
Parish priest of Murroe-Boher, Fr Loughlin Brennan, conducted the service on Saturday.
“It is shocking what happened. Nothing is sacred anymore. It was so sad to be there last Saturday and witness the three cars being hit. The family were from Newbridge and very decent and honourable people,” said Fr Brennan, who along with Fr Tom Ryan spoke out about the crime at all the Masses in the parish over the weekend.
“The people in the locality are very angry. I said it to people in Boher when they are at Mass to lock everything away and don’t have anything exposed like handbags or mobile phones. It is sad but that’s the way things are gone.
“After what happened on Saturday the undertaker John Meehan and myself agreed that from now on somebody will have to wait outside while we are gone in doing the burial,” said Fr Brennan.
Mr Meehan, whose family have been in the undertaker business for over 100 years, said what they have been doing for the last few years since deplorable incidents like this started to mushroom is advise people to have their houses watched.
“We never went as far as to advise then to have someone outside the cemetery but now it is gone a step further we will have to advise a neighbour to hang around outside and keep an eye on things,” said Mr Meehan. Anybody with information “no matter how small or insignificant” is asked to ring Murroe gardai on 061 386102.