Limerick hurler’s stolen gearbags are recovered

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Paul Browne in action against Clare at Croke Park. His yellow Cooper helmet, which  was stolen following the match has since been recovered by gardai. [Picture: Sportsfile]
LIMERICK star hurler Paul Browne has thanked the gardai after hundreds of euro worth of sports gear including his prized yellow Cooper helmet which was stolen from his car, have been recovered.

LIMERICK star hurler Paul Browne has thanked the gardai after hundreds of euro worth of sports gear including his prized yellow Cooper helmet which was stolen from his car, have been recovered.

However, a number of other items belonging to the mid-fielder and two of his team-mates including designer headphones and a Kindle remain unaccounted for.

“All the electronics are gone. I got my boots back and David got his boots back. We got all our clothes back,” Paul told the Leader this Wednesday.

Paul along with his team-mates David Reidy from Athlacca and Adare’s Declan Hannon were the target of thieves on Sunday, August 18. They had returned home to Limerick at around 11pm after their semi-final clash against Clare in Croke Park.

Later that night, both Paul and David’s gearbags which included the players’ helmets, boots and official Limerick GAA gear were stolen from the boot of Paul’s car which was parked in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel.

“The bag belonging to David Reidy from Athlacca was found near a housing estate on the side of the road in Cappamore and was handed into the local garda station by someone who came across it,” said a garda spokesperson this week.

“On Tuesday, the gardai in Henry Street got more belongings back. Paul Browne’s gearbag was dumped near UL. The gardai were following a number of lines of enquiry,” he explained.

A youth was questioned at Henry Street garda station on Monday in relation to the incident.

“Both the belongings of Paul Browne and David Reidy were found in the one bag belonging to Paul Browne,” the garda added.

The item Paul was particularly concerned about - his yellow Cooper helmet he had since he was 16, was recovered.

The Bruff man had worn the helmet only hours earlier in the Croke Park decider against Clare.

“There is a bit of damage done to it,” Paul said.

“Some of the items that couldn’t be replaced we got back. We want to thank the gardai - they did a good job.”

Among the items still unaccounted for are the Kindle Paul was reading on the bus journey home from Dublin, his glasses and Declan Hannon’s headphones.

The Beats by Dr Dre headphones were in David Reidy’s gearbag.

“David picked up Declan’s Beats on the bus. He had them in his gearbag and he was going to give them back to him so they were taken as well. They were the Dr Dre ones and they are about €200 or €300,” Paul explained.

There was widespread disappointment on the Monday morning after the semi-final clash in Croke Park when news broke that the hurlers’ gear had been targeted by thieves after their loss to Clare.

“As if yesterday couldn’t get any worse, my gearbag and all my gear was robbed from my car last night,” read a tweet sent by Paul Browne on the Monday morning.

It was then retweeted by several of the Limerick hurling squad and several more Limerick hurling supporters.