A DISTRAUGHT mother is to get a new urn containing her parents ashes as hope fades that thieves will return the remains stolen from her home.
The three sisters of distraught Rosaleen Kelly (36) have rallied behind the mother of six following a burglary at her home on New Year's Day.
Her siblings Mandy (42), and twins Sharon and Debbie (41) have promised to give her some of their parents' ashes, which they divided between them following their deaths.
Her mother, Rose, died five years ago from motor neuron disease and her dad, Joe, passed away just a year later after he fell from a ladder.
The sisters have a small amount of the ashes left, having scattered the rest in their parents' favourite holiday spot in Ballybunion, Co Kerry.
An urn containing Rosaleen's share of the ashes, decorated with dolphins, was stolen from her home in Dublin in the early hours of New Year's Day.
The thieves broke into the house in Tallaght through a back window before taking off with the urn, her children's Christmas presents, jewellery, a TV and DVDs.
"I can't see it happening," she said, when asked if she expected to get the urn back.
"It's taken me apart but my sisters said they are going to get another urn and put some of their ashes in.
"It doesn't take away the pain – but I don't think I'm going to get my urn back. I don't think the thieves will tell their friends. They will be too ashamed.
"People like that don't care about the upheaval they cause to those around them.
"I would still ask them if they have any hearts to please, please, give it back. Leave it somewhere that I can get it back, even if it's someone's door or on top of a bin somewhere."
"My kids are staying with their sister and are scared to come home. My five-year-old is asking Auntie Mandy if the doors are locked in her house."
The single mother had just returned home after celebrating the birth of her first grandchild to find her house had been ransacked.
Tallaght gardai have appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 01 6666000 or phone the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.