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Caravan thieves shatter grieving couple's dream

Anita Guidera

Published 20/01/2011 | 05:00

Ian and Helen Holyoak outside the home they are renovating
Ian and Helen Holyoak outside the home they are renovating

A BEREAVED couple's dream of moving into the cottage they have spent the past four years lovingly restoring has been shattered by thieves.

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Helen and Ian Holyoak, who lost a baby three months ago, live in a mobile home but were in the final stages of completing work on the 400-year-old cottage near Raphoe in Co Donegal.

But thieves have stolen a caravan they had been selling to finance their home. The 22-foot five-year-old Avondale caravan, worth about €10,000, was being sold to fund a thatched roof.

"We have been scrimping and saving making every penny last and this little caravan was our only asset," a devastated Helen told the Irish Independent. The thieves damaged the entrance pillars, a gate, and probably the caravan when they were making their escape from the property.

Moving into their new home with daughter Lilly (19 months) was the light at the end of a dark tunnel for Helen and Ian, whose second-born daughter died last October.

"She had a rare chromosome disorder," Helen said. "At six months I delivered her and she hadn't a hope. It has been a hard time."

The break-in happened in the early hours of last Sunday morning on the N14, four miles from Lifford in the east of the county.

Irish Independent

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