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Irish priest murdered in Kenya

Jeremiah Roche
Father Roche was killed as his home was robbed

An Irish priest has been killed in an overnight robbery at his home in Kenya.

Fr Jeremiah Roche, 68, was a member of the Kiltegan Fathers - an order of missionary priests. He was attacked in his home on the outskirts of Kericho.

Originally from west Limerick, Fr Roche had been a missionary in the country for more than 30 years.

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Martin said he was "shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Fr Roche in such tragic circumstances".

He said his department was in close contact with the Kenyan authorities to ensure a full investigation into the murder is carried out.

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