Gardaí investigate break-in at Ennistymon church

Gardaí investigate break-in at Ennistymon church

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí in Ennistymon are investigating a theft and criminal damage at a church in the town overnight.

Some damage was caused to internal doors after the ‘culprit or culprits’ forced their way into the building. Once inside, entry was gained to the sacristy from where an ‘undetermined sum of cash’ was taken from a safe.

Gardaí say the theft was detected earlier today and is believed to have occurred some time after 8.00pm on Sunday and early today.

It’s understood the cash mainly comprised the contents of Trócaire Lenten Campaign boxes which had just been returned, as well cash from the Easter collection.

Gardaí at Ennistymon are appealing for witnesses to any suspicious activity in the area of the church on the Lahinch road to contact them on 065 7072180 or Kilrush station on 065 9080550.

Parish Priest Canon Willie Cummins and Lahinch curate Fr Des Forde have also appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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