County Limerick church targeted for the third time

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

A COUNTY Limerick church was targeted for a third time this year when a man went on the rampage in the village of Hospital causing thousands of euro worth of damage.

A COUNTY Limerick church was targeted for a third time this year when a man went on the rampage in the village of Hospital causing thousands of euro worth of damage.

Damage was caused to windows and doors at a number of premises in the village including the local church, St John the Baptist Community school, O’Leary’s funeral home and a local drapery shop.

The incident occurred between 6am and 7am on Saturday last.

“We have had three break-ins in the church this year - one in January and then two in the one week, Easter Monday night and the latest one,” explained Canon Conor Ryan, parish priest of Hospital.

“There was nothing taken in any of the incidences. They were looking for money. The parish does not keep any money in the church,” he added.

A stained glass window in the church was broken during the crime spree and the culprit also gained entry to the sacristy.

“In the first break-in the window was damaged. In the second break-in they forced the lock on the door and in the third break-in (on Saturday) the new window we had in following the first incident, was damaged. We had a new stained glass window in - you are probably talking about it costing close to €1,000,” Canon Ryan continued.

Gardai in Bruff responded to the incidents after the alarm was activated at St John the Baptist Community school.

It is understood that damage was caused to the door of the secondary school. A window at the drapery store was smashed while a glass door was damaged at the funeral home.

It is understood the man made his getaway on foot. No arrests have been made and gardai are appealing for information to help them with their investigation.

“We would be interested in speaking to anyone who would have any information to come forward,” said a spokesperson for Bruff garda station.

Bruff garda station can be contacted on 061 382940.