Popular wedding band's despair after €3k worth of equipment stolen from van
Personal items also stolen
A Dublin wedding band has told of their despair after approximately €3,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their van while they performed on stage.
Laura O'Neill, singer in The Firm, said the driver's window was smashed to gain access to the van.
"Our guitarist went out to the van because he realised he had left his phone in there and he saw the driver's window was smashed in," Laura told Independent.ie.
His wallet and phone, which he got last week as a birthday present from his girlfriend, were stolen from the glovebox.
However, when he opened the back of the van he realised they had taken some of the band's equipment as well.
"Our usual keyboard player is on his honeymoon and they robbed his keyboard from the van. We're a wedding band and we do DJ after and they took all the DJ equipment," she added.
The band have played weekly for three years in the Raheny Inn in Dublin and were hosting a jam session for other musicians to join in when the robbery occurred.
"The keyboard is worth about €2,000 and the DJ equipment is worth about €1,000," Laura said.
"The keyboard is useless to them because they can't plug it in. It has a very specific lead," she added.
Laura said the guitarist's phone cost about €700 and all his cards and identification were in his wallet.
"It is heavy equipment and you wouldn't be walking around with it by yourself," she added.
She said the equipment was not insured and gardaí came to the scene last night.
Laura said local musicians have been rallying around the band and offering whatever they have.
Gardaí confirmed they are investigating the incident.