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Priest assaulted in his home by raiders

The Carlow priest was attacked by three raiders in his Carlow home late on Tuesday evening.

Gardaí are investigating after a Catholic priest was assaulted in his home in Carlow late on Tuesday night.

The priest was thrown to the ground and received facial injuries when he discovered three raiders in his Tullow home at around 10pm, gardaí have said.

The raiders fled the scene following the scuffle. They are believed to have escaped with a small sum of money.

The priest, named as Monsignor Brendan Byrne, was bruised and shaken by his injuries, KFM reports, and received medical attention after the incident.

Gardaí have said that the matter is under investigation.

Byrne, who serves in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese and has been a priest for over 50 years,  is currently the administrator for the diocese following the resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty in 2010.

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