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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Caravan thieves shatter grieving couple's dream

Ian and Helen Holyoak outside the home they are renovating
Ian and Helen Holyoak outside the home they are renovating

Anita Guidera

A BEREAVED couple's dream of moving into the cottage they have spent the past four years lovingly restoring has been shattered by thieves.

Helen and Ian Holyoak, who lost a baby three months ago, live in a mobile home but were in the final stages of completing work on the 400-year-old cottage near Raphoe in Co Donegal.

But thieves have stolen a caravan they had been selling to finance their home. The 22-foot five-year-old Avondale caravan, worth about €10,000, was being sold to fund a thatched roof.

"We have been scrimping and saving making every penny last and this little caravan was our only asset," a devastated Helen told the Irish Independent. The thieves damaged the entrance pillars, a gate, and probably the caravan when they were making their escape from the property.

Moving into their new home with daughter Lilly (19 months) was the light at the end of a dark tunnel for Helen and Ian, whose second-born daughter died last October.

"She had a rare chromosome disorder," Helen said. "At six months I delivered her and she hadn't a hope. It has been a hard time."

The break-in happened in the early hours of last Sunday morning on the N14, four miles from Lifford in the east of the county.

Irish Independent

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