Friday 15 November 2019

Mum's cancer medication stolen from car as she walks on Dublin beach

Roisin O'Hagan (right) and Emer O'Hara just before the theft
Roisin O'Hagan (right) and Emer O'Hara just before the theft
Emer O'Hara's car
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A DUBLIN mum had her cancer medication stolen along with her passport and other valuables while on Portmarnock beach.

Roisin O'Hagan, from Glasnevin, Dublin, spent just half an hour walking on the strand with her cousin Emer O'Hara on Saturday when both ladies had their bags stolen from Ms O'Hara's car.

Ms O'Hagan is due to begin radiotheraphy treatment for her cancer at Beaumont Hospital on Wednesday.

Along with her passport, iPhone and her purse there was also a bag of medication in her handbag.

"I always have a selection of tablets for different uses and then my daily cancer treatment drugs, which are the expensive ones," Roisin, who is a secondary breast cancer patient, told the Herald.

"They are of no use to anyone except me or someone in a similar scenario."

Luckily Ms O'Hagan (48) was able to get an emergency supply of her vital medication, for which she said she was extremely grateful.

She said that they had enjoyed an ice cream near the car after their stroll on the beach before they noticed the damage.

"This is just more difficulty on top of difficulty," the frustrated mum of two girls said.

The thief smashed the side window of the car when it was parked near the Sands Hotel on the busy Strand Road in Portmarnock.

Instead of getting ready for Wednesday's hospital visit, she will be queuing to have her driver's licence and other IDs replaced, she said.

Ms O'Hagan was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and underwent a mastectomy before being given the all clear. However, while in recovery doctors recently noticed another problem and she is due to undergo more difficult treatment.

She expects it will last between two and three weeks.

"I have been through the mill. When I was first diagnosed I got the works, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and I lost my hair," she said.

Ms O'Hagan said she holds out no hope that any of her things will be returned, but she wants people to be vigilant when leaving their belongings behind them in the car.

"It happened so quickly on a busy road. There were people walking past constantly. We had to have been watched."

The area near the popular beach was very busy on Saturday due to the fine weather.

Gardai in Malahide are investigating, but no arrests have been made.


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