Tuesday 21 January 2020

Repentant stag party offer to pay for damaged 110-year-old clock after locals find the antique

A clock like the one stolen from Dick Mac's
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The mystery of the 110-year-old antique clock which was stolen from a landmark pub by a group of middle-aged men has been solved.

The valuable timepiece which hung on the wall of Dick Mack's pub in Dingle, Co Kerry, since 1899 was taken from the pub by a stag party at midnight last Saturday.

Gardai were looking for the stag party, while a massive online campaign spiralled in an attempt to bring the clock back home.

Members of the stag party became aware of the online campaign and soon realised the error of their ways, and offered to pay for the damage.

James Barry told independent.ie: “The clock has been returned. It was returned by a local who found it abandoned in the back of Currans Yard. The culprits have since been in touch, have apologised and will pay for the damage to the clock so we will draw a line under the whole fiasco,”

“We would just like to thank everyone online for their interest and help, the locals here in Dingle, the lads in Currans Pub and other pubs in town and the Gardai.”

“The online reaction was insane and that was what forced the culprits to come forward. Locally it created quite a stir and we will indeed raise a few glasses tonight to celebrate the return.”

Finn McDonnell, manager of Dick Mack's, had told the Irish Independent that the stag party confronted on Saturday night by local people who spotted them with the clock in another pub in the town.

A portrait of Charlie Haughey was taken from the wall of the same pub last year but was recovered.

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