Pensioner issues plea after antique motorbike stolen
HE had his eye on it for 50 years, finally bought it 20 years ago, lovingly restored it, only to have it stolen while he slept at night.
But Paddy O'Callaghan (79) says he won't pursue the perpetrator if they returned his antique motorbike or just told someone where it was.
The 1933 BSA Blue Star – valued at over €12,000 – was stolen from the pensioner's garage at his home in Cromane, Co Kerry, last Tuesday night as he slept.
He believes it wasn't an opportunistic crime and the person who stole it knew exactly what they were looking for.
"To me it's a huge loss, but more than that, it's also part of the modern history of Killorglin," Mr O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.
The bike's original owner was Tom Mangan, a general merchant in Killorglin and a good friend of Mr O'Callaghan's who passed away over 20 years ago.
Prior to that, Mr O'Callaghan had offered to buy it on several occasions but its owner always declined.
"I often joked with him that I'd buy it off his executors and in the end that's what happened," he said.
Parts were sourced in the UK to restore it to a roadworthy condition.
"I stripped it down to nothing and rebuilt it completely from that," he said.
Mr O'Callaghan's grandson is using social networking sites to try and raise awareness about the bike, which they believe may have been taken out of the country to be sold.
However, Mr O'Callaghan still has the log book.