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Saturday 20 September 2014

Tributes are stolen from baby's grave

Maria Pepper.

Published 26/07/2014 | 00:00

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At the graveside of Ciara Paige Doyle yesterday (Monday), after replacing some of the stolen items, were Chloe Paige Doyle, Jean Doyle (Ciara’s mother) and Imelda Doyle (grandmother)

A Wexford mother has been left 'sickened' by the theft of adornments from the grave of her baby daughter who died 14 years ago.

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Jean Doyle of Ferndale Park said she was heartbroken to discover that hand-made silk floral wreaths and a ceramic pair of hands were stolen from her daughter Ciara Paige Doyle's grave in Crosstown Cemetery.

Tragic Ciara died in September 2000 from an infection of the heart at the age of just 11 months.

Jean and her husband Terry Paige have longingly watched over the grave since Ciara's burial.

The headstone has a photograph of baby Ciara and is inscribed with her name and age.

Twelve years ago, Jean bought the 'angel's hands' which have lain on the grave ever since.

Every year, she makes new wreaths from silk flowers ordered by local undertaker Kay Macken.

Last week, she placed new wreaths on the grave but a few days later, they were gone, along with the hands which are of strong sentimental value.

'I can't explain what those little hands meant to me. They were so important. They were on the grave for 12 years. They were a comfort, 'said Jean.

'For someone to steal off a baby's grave, is sickening. I was disgusted,' she said.

'It's like your heart is being ripped out of you again.'

'A grave is a sacred place. You would prefer them to rob your home than do that,' said Jean.

Terry searched the entire graveyard without success.

Jean has appealed to whoever took the items to return them to her daughter's grave.

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