Saturday 21 April 2018

'I can't look my daughter in the eye' - Irish family has €2k holiday fund stolen

Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A DUBLIN family's holiday looks set to be cut short after a purse containing over €2,000 was stolen at El-Prat Airport in Barcelona yesterday.

Stephen and Lisa Ryan, and their 6-year-old daughter Madison flew to Barcelona yesterday morning on a family holiday.

The family, from Northwood in Dublin, were paying for a rental car at the airport when Ms Ryan noticed her purse was gone. 

"It’s sick to know that they could see I was with a small child. Knowing that they were going to leave me penniless with a small child, that is what is hurting me more so," she told

The couple had just returned home from their honeymoon in Las Vegas and Mexico on Sunday. This trip to Barcelona was meant to be one that all the family could enjoy.

"We went on this holiday for me daughter. I can’t look her in the eye now. She came here with spending money for herself and she said to me 'Mammy, will my 20 euro get me home on a flight?' It's heartbreaking."

All Ms Ryan's bank cards and her driving licence were also in the stolen purse.

The couple had money transferred into Mr Ryan's bank account by a family member this morning but he has been unable to gain access to the account due to technical issues.

As they have no access to money, the couple are looking to return home tomorrow.

"I think we'll have to come home. I'm absolutely devastated that this has happened," Ms Ryan said.

The incident was reported to local police in Barcelona, who informed the Ryan family that up to 25 thefts had taken place at the airport yesterday.

Barcelona is a city which is notorious for pick-pocketing, and is often referred to as the "pick-pocketing capital of the world".

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