Pensioner punched priest during Mass

| January 22, 2012

A Churchill pensioner who punched a priest in the head appeared at Letterkenny District Court.

66-year-old Seamus Doherty, of the Rock, Churchill, appeared charged with assaulting Fr. Michael McKeever, at St Colmcille’s Church in Glendowan, Church Hill on January 15, 2011. He was also charged with a number of public order offences on various other dates.

Garda Inspector David Kelly told the court at 7.45pm, Seamus Doherty entered the chruch sacristy where Fr. McKeever was preparing for evening Mass.

Doherty attempted to offer a donation of money but Fr. McKeever refused to accept it and asked him to leave, which he did.

When Mass began a short time later Doherty was in the congregation and got up and left. The priest then noticed him causing a disturbance at the back of the church before walking up the aisle towards the altar and began drinking from a bottle of whiskey.

Fr. McKeever attempted to lead him away and was assisted by three church goers after he refused to move.

 

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