Monday 16 October 2017

Elderly priest 'shaken' after he was robbed at knifepoint by armed man in his home

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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A priest in his 70s was left shaken after he was robbed by a man armed with a knife at his home on Monday.

Fr Michael Mullins was threatened by a man who brandished a knife and demanded cash when he answered his front door at Convent Hill in Waterford at around 6.15pm.

The man, who left the scene with sum of money, is described as being six feet, and was wearing a blue top and dark trousers.

He had his face covered and left the scene on foot.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that the incident is under investigation.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, who lives in Waterford, said Fr Mullins is “shaken” after the ordeal.

The incident occurred at Convent Hill in Waterford at around 6.15pm.
The incident occurred at Convent Hill in Waterford at around 6.15pm.

“Please God, things will be okay…he is not a young man. This is the kind of thing that would shake anyone.  Everybody sends him our best wishes,” the Bishop told WLRfm.

“It could be anybody.  But another priest did mention to me, he saw two guys knocking around his church, who weren’t in there to pray.”

"It is the reality of modern life… people living on their own, elderly people," he said.

Dr Cullinan said he himself was broken into last year.

“We’re all wary. Including me, gosh. I was broken into last August. We are all wary of these things happening and, you know, are we a more violent society now?”

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