Sunday 21 January 2018

Former GAA star Conal pleads for the return of medals stolen from car

Conal Keaney pictured after playing for Ballydoden St Endas in 2015. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Conal Keaney pictured after playing for Ballydoden St Endas in 2015. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Former Dublin GAA star Conal Keaney has made a public appeal for the return of three medals stolen from his car before Christmas.

The medals, which are of little monetary value but enormous sentimental value to the retired forward, were taken from his car at some time between 11pm on December 21 and 6am on December 22.

He had put them in his car to bring to his mother's house over Christmas.

The car was in his driveway in Ballyboden, Rathfarnham, south Dublin, when its window was smashed and a number of items were taken, including a work phone and the beloved medals.

Last season, Keaney (34) played a key role in Ballyboden St Enda's Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland campaigns, which culminated in winning the final against Castlebar Mitchels on St Patrick's Day.

The medals are from the county, province and All-Ireland victories.

"I usually don't leave them out in the car, but I put them there to bring them down to my mother's over Christmas."

Keaney said they took the medals, but left the boxes which housed them.

"I don't know what they are going to do with them, they probably don't even know what they are," he added. Keaney said the inscriptions on the back were of the club name.

"When all three are gone, its tough to take. You could probably suck it up if its one of them, but when the three of them are all together and they're all gone - all I'm left with are three empty boxes," he said.

While he was downbeat about the possibility of the medals being returned, he called on people to keep an eye out - or for the thief to return them.

"They could even drop them into any garda station anonymously," he said. The former dual player last played for the Dublin footballers in 2010 and retired from inter-county hurling in 2016.

Irish Independent

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