THE racing bicycle that once belonged to the late Noel Carmody, who was murdered in 2003, was stolen this week from its home at the Rambling House, in Knockfierna.
Chairperson of Knockfierna Heritage Society, Pat O’Donovan said that the incident has caused “a lot of distress” for those who admired the bicycle, which was a gift from Mr Carmody’s family after his death.
Mr O’Donovan, who is an auctioneer, is making an appeal for the bicycle to be returned, as there has been “much shock and sadness” since the discovery that it was stolen.
He said that he realised the item had gone missing, on Monday night.
He said the bicycle was in the shed of the Rambling House, which was locked before it was stolen, Mr O’Donovan said. He added that the bicycle was amongst “70 old vintage bicycles”.
Mr O’Donovan said that the bicycle is of “strong value”, as Mr Carmody was a secretary of the Knockfierna Heritage Society “for years and years”, and was also involved in the Ballingarry community.
“There is no real value; it’s an old racing bicycle. He’s dead more than 10 years, so it’s in that period. So we really appeal to get it back because there is more sentimental value than monetary value.
“It would have been really appreciated by the locals because there was a little note on it saying, “Property of the late Noel Carmody” and there was a tag on it. Noel used it a lot because he didn’t drive the car,” he told the Limerick Leader.
He said that this is a “terrible disappointment” for the people involved in the Rambling House.
“This is terrible. It [the Rambling House] has been broken into many times over the last few years, but to come and take something like that is just unbelievable.
“Noel was very involved in the local community in Ballingarry and he was a real community man. He used to cycle to Limerick city, would you believe it. He would cycle all over the place on that bicycle,” he said.
He said that he doesn’t know why someone would break into the shed and steal Mr Carmody’s old bicycle.
“There is huge sentimental value in the bike. Very, very sentimental. This was someone who was so involved in the community; he had been a school teacher. We are so used to this over the years, and this won’t put us off in any way.
“It’s just awfully disappointing in this day and age. It’s just terrible - they have no respect for other people’s property anymore.”
On September 27, 2003, Noel Carmody was murdered in Arthur’s Quay Park by two men.
The two men were convicted of the “vicious murder” and were given a life sentence.
Anyone with information in relation to Noel Carmody’s missing bicycle, Pat O’Donovan has asked the public to contact him, at 087 9977340.