A CHERISHED member of the Tara community is calling for the return of his prized possessions.
Fr Jack MacGinley went to sleep at 10pm on March 25, and upon waking discovered his trousers had been stolen.
"I thought 'an enemy has entered the camp'," Fr MacGinley said.
The trousers contained his wallet and rosary beads.
Fr MacGinley's father, Roddy, made the beads for his son.
Parishioner Norma Farrant said the small town of Tara was shocked by the crime.
"There isn't a family in Tara who hasn't been helped by Fr Jack," Mrs Farrant said.
Fr MacGinley regularly works with St Vincent de Paul and hands out food hampers.
People in the community have banded together to help Fr MacGinley out.
"A struggling woman went and bought Fr Jack a new wallet," Mrs Farrant said.
"The gesture was really great."
Residents of the town, including the principal of St Joseph's School, and the owner of the Commercial Hotel, have offered to reward those who come forward with information.
"The offers are really great because it raises awareness about people stealing," Fr MacGinley said.
Thieves also stole Fr MacGinley's car three years ago.
"They've taken a lot of stuff," he said.
Mrs Farrant said the crime was not representative of Tara.
"It's a great community.It's just a small minority who are involved," she said.
"It is not acceptable in any town.
"The issue is the thieves are not being made accountable for their actions."
Fr MacGinley is urging those responsible to come forward.
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