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Monday 15 September 2014

Burglaries are 'an attack on place of worship'

Brendan Grehan

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

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The burglaries have been described as an attack on a place of worship
The burglaries have been described as an attack on a place of worship

A PRIEST has said a community's place of worship is under attack after there were three attempted burglaries in just one month.

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Churches in Tallaght are now facing a burglary "epidemic", a local councillor has claimed.

Cllr Mick Duff made the claims following the third burglary this month of St Aengus Church in Balrothery in Tallaght. There was also an attempted burglary at St Mary's Priory in Tallaght village.

In the latest incident, early last Sunday morning, a brick was thrown through the stained-glass window of St Aengus Church and the alarm went off. The individual who threw the brick then fled the scene.

Mr Duff has called on local residents who notice anything suspicious to contact the gardai.

A garda source confirmed to that two individuals have been arrested in relation to the incident at St Mary's Priory and two individuals have been arrested in relation to one of the incidents at St Aengus Church.

Fr Ben Moran, the parish priest at St Aengus, said he was surprised at the number of incidents. He said: "The church is open 40 years and we have had three burglaries in the last month. It seems to be that one individual could be targeting the church. Parishioners feel as it is an attack on them and their place of worship."

Irish Independent

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