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Thursday 18 September 2014

Thieves steal jewellery left to sister by cancer victim

Stephen Maguire

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

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A woman has been left 
heartbroken after thieves stole jewellery left to her by her sister who died from breast cancer.

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Mother-of-three Fidelma McGonagle was just 46 when she passed away two years ago. She left much of her jewellery to her sister Carmel with whom she was very close.

But Carmel's world was turned upside down when burglars broke into her Co Donegal home and stole the sentimental items.

The gang, who were caught on CCTV, broke into Carmel's home in Lifford when she was at a graveyard Mass with her husband Eddie McHugh.

Eddie said his wife was distraught after losing the close links with her sister.

"It has nothing to do with the money. In all the jewellery was worth more than €2,000, but it is the sentimental value which we can never replace.

"My wife is a nervous wreck and is distraught after Fidelma's jewellery was taken. It means so much to her and held so many fond memories for her," said Eddie.

Eddie revealed how CCTV footage from a neighbour's house showed the gang entered his home at 10.44am on Sunday morning 13 minutes after they left for Mass.

"It would just be terrible if the jewellery was sold on and melted down. My wife just couldn't even think about that," he said.

Detectives are investigating the robbery.

Irish Independent

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