NOTHING is sacred any more say residents of a County Limerick village, after a priest’s home was broken intolast weekend.
Last Sunday Fr Pat Coffey left the parish house in Lisgaugh, Doon at 5pm to carry out his priestly duties. On his return at 9.10pm he found his house had been broken into and turned upside down.
“They smashed the sensor lights and then forced access through a side window. They got a small amount of cash but nothing precious thank God. They went through everything. All they wanted was cash,” said Fr Coffey, who is the adviser for primary schools and vocations director Archdioces of Cashel and Emly.
He also works in tandem with local priests and, ironically, when Fr Coffey was saying mass on Monday the scheduled Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan.
“A man was robbed and left on the side of the road and the person who came to his aid was the good Samaritan so it fitted in very nicely.
“I’ve had that experience because I was at the receiving end of many good Samaritans. I’ve been very fortunate with the amount of callers I’ve had to the house and phone calls from parishioners. They are nearly more shocked than I am. I deeply value the support of the people of Doon,” said Fr Coffey.
“If anything good can come out of this it is just to alert people that if they see anything out of the ordinary to contact the gardai and that we all look out for each other,” he added.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated October 8, 2011