Sunday 25 February 2018

Student appeals for help after bracelet containing mother's ashes stolen on Dublin to Cork train

A bracelet similar to the one lost
A bracelet similar to the one lost

Cillian Sherlock

A student is appealing for help after a bracelet containing her mother’s ashes was stolen on a train from Dublin to Cork last Tuesday.

Grace Caffrey, a student midwife in Dublin, said she was travelling to Killarney to visit her aunt when her suitcase was stolen from the luggage rack.

“My makeup bag had three bracelets, one of which contains her ashes,” she said.

The bracelet has beads connected to a red vial containing the ashes.

“There was also a Pandora bracelet which she bought me all the charms on. There were also clothes belonging to her in it,” Grace added.

Grace is hoping to have the items returned to her ahead of the first anniversary of her mother’s death.

"Mam's one year anniversary is coming up on the 9th of September which is hard enough without this having happened too," she said.

She believes her suitcase, which contained many precious items, was taken at one of the stops on her journey.

“I got on the 1pm train from Heuston to Cork because you have to change over at Mallow to get on to Killarney,” she told

The train also serves Portlaoise, Thurles and Limerick Junction.

“It could have just been someone standing on the platform,” Grace said.

“I’ve been on to each of those train stations and local garda stations and in fairness there are really helpful people out there trying their best,” she added.

She said gardaí and Iarnród Éireann are checking CCTV but have suggested she raise awareness through a Facebook post.

She said the thief will be unable to sell the bracelet to a jeweller as they will know what it is.

Grace said she would be "eternally grateful" to get it back and hoped the thief's conscience would make them hand the bracelet in.

“I just hope it doesn’t end up in a ditch,” she said.

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