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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Gang robbed us as we cremated our father, say family

Kathryn Hayes

Published 13/03/2014 | 08:53

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Joseph (Josie) WALSH Rip who home was broken into the day of his Funeral in Limerick City..
Pictured Credit Brian Gavin Press 22
Joseph (Josie) WALSH Rip who home was broken into the day of his Funeral in Limerick City.. Pictured Credit Brian Gavin Press 22

THE family of a well known businessman have spoken of their horror after their home was ransacked while they attended their father's funeral.

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Josie Walsh's grieving family was left devastated after heartless thieves targeted their home while they were in Dublin at his cremation service.

The well known garage owner who ran Crescent Garage, on Alphonsus Street in LImerick died unexpectedly on March 4, aged 84.

Despite his age, the father of two was working right up until his death, and has been described as a "joyful character with a generous nature".

As it was always Mr Walsh's wish to be cremated, his family travelled to Dublin after his removal and funeral mass in Limerick for his cremation at St Jerome Crematorium.

On their return to the family home on O'Connell Avenue in Limerick, Mr Walsh's widow Geraldine, daughter Rose (26) and son Adam (18) were met with a scene of "complete destruction".

"It was surreal, we got such a shock, I didn't think that someone could steep so low as to do something like this. It was hard enough to come back to the house, but we felt so violated.To think that someone would do this after our father died, it is disgraceful," said Rose Walsh.

Among the possessions stolen were all of Mrs Walsh's jewellery, some of which her late husband had bought her before his passing away.

The Gardai at Henry Street can be contacted on (061) 212400.

Irish Independent

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