A REWARD is being offered for the return of a violin stolen from the car of a classical musician in Gouldavoher at the weekend.
The instrument is not only valuable in its own right but is also of enormous sentimental worth to Yuki Nishioka.
Yuki, who is from Japan, works with the Irish Chamber Orchestra teaching music to primary school children in disadvantaged areas of Limerick under the Sing Out With Strings programme.
â€œI need the violin to teach around 300 kids here in Limerick and it came to Ireland with me from the eastern end of the world,â€ said Yuki.
â€œMy grandmother bought it for me before I left Japan for Ireland five years ago. She loved to travel and had hoped to come here but she has a problem with her health now so she couldnâ€™t come. So the violin means a lot to me because of family stuff and because it was a leaving present,â€ she explained.
Yuki has been playing classical violin from the age of three but her travels have introduced her to different styles and she regularly joins in traditional Irish sessions.
â€œIt was on the violin that was stolen that I learned to play trad, which I really love. So the violin means a lot to me because it represents my life in Ireland in many ways,â€ she said.
Living on the North Circular Road, Yuki was staying over with a friend in Gouldavoher last Friday night and the thieves are believed to have struck in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 30.
The violin was in the boot of her car and Yuki is mystified why the thieves stole this instrument but left a viola, which was in the back seat, behind.
â€œI donâ€™t normally leave things in the car; itâ€™s just I had so much stuff with me on that day. But I know I still shouldnâ€™t have left it there,â€ she said.
The stolen violin is a Hungarian make and was in a bright green Eastman hard case.
Anybody with information on the missing instrument can contact 061 214 515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and a reward is being offered for its safe return.