A spate of break-ins to parochial houses around South Tipperary while Masses are celebrated in the local church has prompted the gardai to issue a warning to priests and their parishoners to be vigilant and step up their security.
Six parochial houses have been burgled around the county over the past few weeks and the latest to be targetted was the parochial house in Drangan village last weekend.
A garda spokesman at Clonmel Garda Station said the burglars were targetting these houses while religious ceremonies were taking place in the local churches.
The parochials houses are being targetted by the burglars for the money they can find, particularly church collection proceeds.
The garda spokesman appealed to priests to step up security at their homes and appealed to the public to be vigilant of suspicious activity in the vicinity of their local parochial house during Mass times.
Meanwhile, gardai in Clonmel arrested a 52 year-old man on Sunday in connection with the burglaries of several homes at O’Connell Terrace in the town on Saturday.
A file on the case is being prepared for the DPP.