Gardai on trail of middle-aged stag party who stole 110-year-old clock from famous pub
Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30
Gardaí are on the trail of a group of middle-aged men who stole an antique clock from one of the country's most famous drinking establishments.
A valuable timepiece which hung on the wall of Dick Mack's pub in Dingle, Co Kerry, since 1899 was taken from the pub by a stag party at midnight last Saturday.
A portrait of Charlie Haughey was taken from the wall of the same pub last year but was recovered.
Finn McDonnell, manager of Dick Mack's, said the stag party was later confronted by some local people who spotted them with the clock in another pub in the town.
"You don't walk around with a two foot by three foot antique clock," said Finn.
Following an exchange of words, the clock subsequently fell to the ground and is understood to have smashed.
However, the gardaí are now on the case and after viewing CCTV footage, have traced the stag party back to their accommodation in Dingle and are hopeful the clock will be returned.
The clock, estimated to be worth up to €5,000, was made by Cork clockmaker Hilser, which is still in business today.
"They've offered to value it so even if we don't get it back, we have a sum we can charge them for," said Finn.
The clock was the original one from Dingle train station, where Finn's great-grandfather was station master before opening the pub more than 100 years ago.
Finn's father and uncle, who are twins, recall being strictly forbidden to touch it as children and it has a value beyond money to the family, the manager said.