Alarm prevents latest raid as presbyteries continue to be targeted by thieves

A parish priest has spoken of how a burglar alarm prevented a burglar from making off with any money or valuables from the parochial house in Boherlahan last week.

A parish priest has spoken of how a burglar alarm prevented a burglar from making off with any money or valuables from the parochial house in Boherlahan last week.

It is one of a large number of presbyteries throughout South Tipperary that have been burgled in recent weeks, sometimes while the resident priest is saying Mass.

Fr Joseph Egan, PP of Boherlahan & Dualla Parish, said the break-in to his home occurred last Wednesday (November 26) around 8.30pm while he was out at a meeting.

The burglar alarm went off once the intruder broke in through a window.

A neighbour heard the alarm and went to investigate and frightened away the burglar before he had an opportunity to steal anything.

Fr Egan said the alarm saved him.

Most priests, like him, live on their own and a good alarm was very important to have installed, he added.

Gardai have appealed to priests to step up security at their homes and to communities around South Tipperary to be vigilant for suspicious activity around presbyteries in the wake of the spate of burglaries on parochial homes stretching from Holycross to New Inn to Clerihan.