Sunday 21 January 2018

Mobile phone of Olympic boxing hero Michael Conlan is stolen by Dublin pickpockets

Team Ireland boxing medallists, from left, Michael Conlan , bronze, Katie Taylor, gold, John Joe Nevin, silver, and Paddy Barnes, bronze, with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Team Ireland boxing medallists, from left, Michael Conlan , bronze, Katie Taylor, gold, John Joe Nevin, silver, and Paddy Barnes, bronze, with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Michael Conlan with Usain Bolt.
Michael Conlan with Novak Djokovic.
Michael Conlan with Serena Williams
Michael Conlan with Lennox Lewis.
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Olympic medal winner Michael Conlan has fallen victim to pickpockets. The boxer's mobile phone -- containing priceless photos of the London Games -- was pickpocketed while he was signing autographs in Dublin.



Some of the photos included Michael with legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, a video of his house in the Olympic village and photos of the flyweight boxer standing on the podium, receiving his Olympic bronze medal.

The young Belfast man had been on a night out in Dublin following the official Olympic homecoming celebrations with his Ireland teammates on Wednesday.

The athletes ended up in CopperFace Jacks nightclub on Harcourt Street in the city centre later that night and his phone went missing after he left the club.

"All the athletes were there and it was the last time that they'll see each other," Conlan's father, John, told the Irish Independent yesterday. "They hadn't been able to socialise before that because the Olympics was an alcohol-free zone.

"This was the first time they were able to have a normal night out and relax," he explained.

At the end of the night, Conlan (20) used his iPhone 4S in the bar upstairs and then left the club with the other boxers.

Crowd

A crowd gathered around them outside on the street and he was signing some autographs when a man jumped out in front of him. It's at this point that he believes his phone was taken from his pocket, his father said.

Michael Conlan told 'Liveline's' Joe Duffy on Radio One yesterday that his phone had a picture of a girl as a screensaver and had a "nice red cover".

He revealed that the nightclub had been "very good" and staff thoroughly searched the premises and also viewed CCTV footage, but without success.

"The phone itself can be replaced, but he had a lot of personal photos," said Mr Conlan.

"He was star-struck at the Olympics -- it was a fantastic experience for him," he said.

He had sent some of the photos on to family members and posted others on Twitter, but many of the rest are lost unless the phone turns up.

Phone numbers for valuable contacts within boxing circles stored on the phone have also been lost.

"It took years for him to get all those numbers," said Mr Conlan.

He holds out little hope that the phone will show up, but asked people to be vigilant in case anyone takes a phone to be unlocked.

Mr Conlan said that the day of the homecoming event in Dublin had been "amazing".

"Michael was shell-shocked at the amount of people who had turned out.

"Up to the phone going missing, he had a great night," he said.

Irish Independent

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