MYSHALL'S new parish priest has made a plea for people to keep their eyes peeled for discarded parish documents that were stolen from his home on Thursday night.
Fr Thomas O'Byrne, who just arrived in the parish in September, returned to the parochial house at around 11pm to discover that the front door had been smashed in half.
A large safe was taken from the house which contained a quantity of cash and important parish documents.
'I'm okay. I have been better,' said Fr O'Byrne the following morning. 'It is just that the documents in the safe are no good to anyone but the parish. They are of no value.
' They are registered records of baptisms, marriages, confirmations and deaths.
' These boys will get that safe open and they will just throw them away and dispose of them. I am asking people to keep their eyes open and that maybe someone might find them before they get wet. That would be great.'
He added that although he is 'only a blow-in' to Myshall, the support from the local community has been amazing.
' The support from the village and the parish has been overwhelming,' he said.
'I just want to say that I really appreciate it.'
Fr O'Byrne arrived home on the night after visiting someone who needed him. The alarm system on the house had been dismantled, security lights had been broken and items had been moved around in the yard. After becoming suspicious he called to a neighbour before entering the premises.
Gardaí believe also that the safe and the documents will be abandoned somewhere and they too have asked the public to keep an eye out. 'Someone might discover them somewhere,' said a local Garda spokesman.