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Thursday 28 August 2014

Precious medals returned safely

David Medcalf

Published 28/01/2014 | 05:34

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An Enniscorthy family has successfully appealed for the return of a hoard of precious sporting medals stolen during a break-in at their home in the town.

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An Enniscorthy family has successfully appealed for the return of a hoard of precious sporting medals stolen during a break-in at their home in the town.

Liam and Mary Kelly came back to town after a weekend break in Dublin to find that their front door in Cluain Dara had been broken down and the upstairs ransacked.

The couple took to the local airwaves and national press with their appeal to the burglars for return of the medals which were stored upstairs in an old hat box.

The media broadside worked as a householder in Slaney View Park woke up on Friday morning to find the box, with all the medals still inside, in her front garden.

'They have turned up,' confirmed Liam Kelly who was looking after the sporting trove for sons Trevor and Marty. 'I am over the moon about it because I thought they were gone for good.

'The boys were excited because they thought they would never see them again.'

The burglars ignored the house television and a lap top computer as they looted jewellery and a bottle full of €2 coins which was worth hundreds of euro.

The money and the jewellery are still missing and will probably never be seen again by the rightful owners. But the chief concern of Liam and Mary was always the box with the collection of medals won over the years by their sons, all irreplaceable mementos.

The collection includes a Leinster under 21 hurling medal earned by Trevor Kelly with Wexford in 2001.

Also stolen were Marty Kelly's four county premiership soccer medals (one with St. Cormac's, three with Shamrock Rovers) and an All-Ireland intermediate hurling medal.

'They are no good to anyone but the boys,' observed their father, much relieved to see them once more.

Trevor emigrated to the United States in 2002 now runs a building firm in Boston, with his brother Gary on the payroll.

Marty is still very much on home soil, a resident of Ballymurn.

Meanwhile, the burglary has left Liam and Mary Kelly very nervous about their personal security and they are fitting CCTV to the premises.

Gorey Guardian

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