WEDDING bands, cash, laptop, iPods, phones and even pairs of trousers were stolen from the Murroe-Boher senior hurlers while they were training.
Thieves broke in to their dressing room and rifled through their possessions. As well as grabbing what they could they took car keys and then unlocked the players’ cars. They threw away the keys so some players couldn’t even drive home.
Worst hit of the affected eight players were former Limerick senior hurler, James Butler and Galway minor hurler, Jonathan Dervan. Both had precious wedding bands stolen.
Jonathan says most items can be replaced but wedding rings are “irreplaceable”.
“It’s a rose gold coloured wedding band with a Celtic pattern around the outside so it would be very distinctive,” said Jonathan. James only got married a few months ago. “It’s a platinum and palladium silver wedding band. It is inscribed with ‘Audrey 09-12-11’,” said James.
Jonathan had a silver Tommy Hilfiger watch with a rectangular face stolen as well, while James’s black Calvin Klein watch was robbed from his pants pocket.
They ask anybody with information to contact Caherconlish gardai on 061 351202. Also badly hit was John O’Connor. They took his keys and stole a black Samsung N110 netbook from his car. It is worth less than €100 but to John, a third year medical student, it is priceless.
“All my notes, two or three projects I’ve been working on, everything for the last three years was on it. I had backed it up but it wasn’t recently. My exams are in just over a week so it’s a bit of a disaster,” said John.
Locals in Murroe-Boher are disgusted by the crime and see it as an attack on their representatives on the pitch.
“It is an attack on the community,” agreed club secretary, Philip Dee.
“These are ordinary working lads giving their hearts to the club. They are totally committed and for this to happen behind their back is absolutely desperate,” said Philip.
On Tuesday, May 1 the senior hurlers were training on the pitch furthest away from the dressing rooms just off the N24, near Beary’s Cross.
“When players are training and coaches are watching you are so focused you could be right beside the dressing rooms and you wouldn’t notice.
“It’s a lesson for every club in every code whether it be GAA, soccer, rugby as it seems to be on the increase,” said Philip.
Cllr John Egan said the players are some of the most popular in the parish and people take it personally when they’ve been hit.
“There is a lot of anger over this. We’re in the middle of a recession and people are doing their level best to try and manage. These robberies are just not tolerable,” said Cllr Egan.