Armed raiders threaten elderly priest

An elderly priest and his housekeeper were threatened by armed raiders late on Sunday night.

An elderly priest and his housekeeper were threatened by armed raiders late on Sunday night.

Gardai have reported that at 9.30pm that evening, November 10, three males kicked in the door of the house where Fr Alfie Murphy, who is in his early 80s, lives on the outskirts of Derrinturn.

His housekeeper Julie Lalor, who is in her 60s, was also present at the time.

The three men, who were all wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, threatened the pair, although neither were physically injured.

It is understood they were armed with screwdrivers, knives and a shotgun.

The raiders took cash and the priest’s car was stolen although it was recovered a short time later in Windmill, Carbury, approximately half a mile from the house.

The Gardai’s Regional Support Unit from Leixlip was deployed and a search took place around the area.

Technical examinations were taking place on the house as the Leinster Leader was going to press, yesterday (Monday) evening.

When contacted Fr Murphy did not wish to say too much. He confirmed that a break-in had occurred, that he was dealing with the gardai on the matter but that “not a lot was taken”.