A County Laois based priest has warned funeral goers to be careful of valuables left in parked cars following a number of thefts during funerals in the county.
Speaking from the pulpit, Mountmellick Parish Priest Fr Frances McNamara revealed that there have been five thefts from cars parked at Saint Joseph's church in the town while funerals have been taking place.
Calling on people to be vigilant, he said, “I urge people not to leave valuables visible in their cars because of the number of thefts which are taking place.”
He also urged people to be on the alert for “any suspicious elements” that may be hanging around churches in the area in recent times.
As well as the Mountmellick burglaries, parked cars have also been broken into at Saint Patrick's Church in Portarlington while a brick was thrown through the front window of a parked jeep belonging to a woman who was attending a funeral at Saint Peter and Paul's Church in Portlaoise.
According to Fr McNamara, extra vigilance was particularly need at this time of year.