Garda investigation continues for raiders who tied up and robbed Limerick…

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival A GARDA investigation and manhunt is continuing for three men who raided a County Limerick parochial house and tied up a priest while they ransacked the property recently.Parish Priest Canon Tony O’Keefe returned to his home in Shanagolden after celebrating Mass in Foynes on Wednesday night when he was confronted by three masked men who were waiting for him.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up After forcing him to open a safe, the raiders stole an amount of cash before they bundled him into a bedroom, tied his hands and locked the door. A short time later, Canon O’Keefe managed to free himself and raise the alarm.Although physically uninjured, he was left shocked and traumatised after the raid.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, who is former party spokesman on Justice, said that the incident was further evidence of the “vulnerability of people living alone”.He  remarked that the nature of the raid indicated that the property was targeted deliberately.“It is a quite shocking incident. People around the area are very upset by it,” he said.A community alert system in operation in West Limerick was activated by Gardaí who texted people living in the area after the raid.Gardaí at Newcastlewest, confirmed that they are investigating the aggravated burglary and confirmed that Canon O’Keeffe was locked in an upstairs bedroom while the house was raided and the three men fled.Gardaí immediately started a countywide search for the three men, who are believed to be aged in their 20s and described as being of average height and all wearing hoodies.Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen any activity in the vicinity of the Parochial House in Shanagolden between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday night February 1, to make contact with the Gardaí in Newcastlewest on 069-20650; the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 250025. Twitter NewsGarda investigation continues for raiders who tied up and robbed Limerick Parish PriestBy Staff Reporter – February 22, 2017 923 WhatsApp Email Facebook Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Previous articleSingle punch could have killed Limerick father-of-twoNext article#BREAKING Bomb found in car at Limerick city Garda station Staff Reporter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSCannon Tony O’KeefeGardalimerickNiall Collins TD Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Printlast_img

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