Overnight burglary in County Limerick school

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Current principal, Michael O'Connor and former principal, Mary Lysaght in front of St Michael's College - now called East Limerick Centre of Further Education and Training in Cappamore
GARDAI are investigating a burglary in a County Limerick school in the early hours of Friday morning.

GARDAI are investigating a burglary in a County Limerick school in the early hours of Friday morning.

Two men entered the East Limerick Centre of Further Education and Training in Cappamore, formerly known as St Michael’s College, around 2.30am.

It is understood they disabled the alarm system by cutting telephone wires before forcing open a side door.

“They spent over an hour and a half in the building. A small quantity of cash was taken,” said a garda spokesperson.

All the computers were left in the school. Only cash was taken.

The East Limerick Centre of Further Education and Training remains closed this Friday morning as gardai investigate the crime.

“We would appeal to the public to contact gardai in Bruff on 061 382940 or Cappamore on 061 381202 if they saw anything suspicious in the early hours of Friday morning. If anybody saw any unusual cars or strangers in the greater Cappamore area please contact us,” they said.

Exactly a week earlier the school held their graduation ceremony with a record number of graduates - 106.

Close to 200 are enrolled for this term both by day and night.

Cllr John Egan said he was shocked when he heard the news from a student on Friday morning.

“These criminals have no regard for the students or staff. It’s a disgrace. It was a fantastic night last week at the graduation ceremony. The students really appreciate the hard work of the principal, Michael O’Connor and all his staff.

“Their numbers are way up and then to have something like this happen,” said Cllr Egan, who appealed to anyone with any information to contact gardai.