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.