LEGENDARY hurler DJ Carey has launched a heartfelt appeal for the public's assistance in tracing his treasured set of All-Ireland jerseys, which were stolen from his home two years ago.
The jerseys went missing during a birthday party for teenagers at his former home in Monkstown, Co Dublin.
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent, the Kilkenny star, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest hurlers of all time, revealed that it has recently come to his attention that one of the jerseys has been spotted for sale on the online bidding site eBay, with an asking price of "€400 or €500".
A search last night found the item was "no longer available".
"I just say to anyone that if they come across my All-Ireland jerseys, just to know that they were stolen and I emphatically say they were stolen from my house," DJ said.
He has already attempted to appeal for the return of the iconic black-and-amber jerseys on Facebook and on email but without success. "If you do come across them, I'm not difficult to contact; I'm on Twitter," he said.
"I certainly don't want anyone buying them on false pretences because they shouldn't be sold."
The former hurler said: "I didn't hand them over," adding that he "never swapped too many jerseys".
Exclusive extracts from his autobiography in the Irish Independent today reveal the business pressures that led to Carey's short-lived retirement from the game he loved at the age of 27.
The stresses of keeping his business going, nasty rumours and weighty expectations on him as a player had left him mentally exhausted.
He talks of how difficult he found it to be "taking a free on Sunday" and then on Monday having to chase down customers to keep his business afloat.
However, realising it had been a mistake, he was back in the black-and-amber jersey within two months.
Extracts from his autobiography are published exclusively in the Irish Independent and in the 'Sunday Independent'.