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Sunday 25 June 2017

'They were in the car to go back to my mother's house' - Ex-Dublin star has medals from All-Ireland club run stolen

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Former Dublin forward Conal Keaney is looking for the return of three medals won with Ballyboden St Enda's last season as part of their historic march to All-Ireland club football glory.

Keaney played a key role in the Rathfarnam side's victorious Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland campaigns, which culminated in a comprehensive win over Castlebar Mitchels in the club final on St Patrick's Day last year.

However, the ex-Dublin football and hurling star is now without three mementos from that run, after his county, provincial and All-Ireland club medals were stolen from his car.

The robbery took place on the night of December 22nd outside his house, which is around the corner from the Ballyboden grounds. The gardai have no leads but urged Keaney to post on social media about the incident in the hope that the medals will be returned, which Keaney did this evening.

"The car was just parked outside the house on the Firhouse Road, around the corner from Ballyboden," he told Independent.ie.

"I wouldn't normally keep the medals in the car but they were there to go back to my mother's house. Someone broke the driver's window and took them from the glove box along with a few other bits and pieces."

It was a bitter pill for Keaney to swallow after working so hard to win the medals with his club team-mates.

"I was disappointed that the medals were taken," he said.

"Financially, they won't be worth much to anyone and they were inscribed on the back so they would be very hard to sell. I'd say he didn't even know what they were."

Keaney doesn't hold out a whole lot of hope that he will get the medals back, but one anecdote gives him a glimmer of belief that they might resurface.

"One of the guards was telling me that Joe Schmidt's house was robbed a while back and they stopped a fella in the street and searched him," Keaney said.

"They found one of the Heineken Cup medals on him and he was trying to persuade them that he won it, so you don't know where it might turn up.

"If they just pop them in anonymously to any garda station, I would appreciate getting them back."

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