THE LIMERICK handyman whose livelihood was threatened when €2,000 worth of work tools were stolen from his van has been given a complimentary €500 voucher to put him back in business.
This Monday afternoon, McMahon’s Building Providers donated the voucher after management read about Roy Horgan’s hardship, in the Limerick Leader last week.
On Monday, June 8, at 4.30am, Roxboro Garda Station was notified of “suspicious activity” on the Old Cork Road, by a neighbour. However, it wasn’t known until 9am that the 48-year-old’s van was emptied of his work equipment, which included a new vacuum blower, a lawnmower, Dewalt drills, hedge strimmers and many other small tools.
Manager Shane O’Dwyer, upon presenting the cheque to Mr Horgan, said he hopes the money will get him back on his feet again.
“We saw in the Limerick Leader that all of his machines and equipment had been robbed, and we had a look at it and saw a local tradesman with three kids, which can be very hard for him, so we decided to make a donation to get him back on his feet again. It is very important for him because he can’t provide a living without his tools. It could easily happen to anyone,” he told the Chronicle.
At the presentation, Roy said he was “ecstatic” with the donation.
“I am actually chuffed and it is an honour for me to get this money that they are donating to me. It will get me something and I can start work now with whatever I can buy inside there. It makes me feel I want to cry. It’s great timing. And this will get me going with some of the stuff that I will get today, and I can get back to some bit of normality.
“I am very proud of taking this cheque. Things are looking really positive because there’s people like McMahon’s that help you out and they didn’t have to do that for me.”
The Old Cork Road tradesman also thanked the “tremendous” support from family, friends and online supporters, who read last week’s Limerick Leader story.