Watches for dying man's sons stolen

Published Tuesday, 21 January 2014
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A distraught family in Co Louth is appealing for the public's help in retrieving two watches which were left by a dying man for his two young sons, but have now been stolen in a burglary.

Watches for dying man's sons stolen
Stephen Carroll, pictured with two of his sons, Keelan, left and Senan. (© Family photo)

Father-of-three Stephen Carroll, 38, died in November after battling cancer for over a year.

Before his death, he had two Omega watches - which he received for his 21st and 30th birthdays - engraved for his two sons Senan, 10 and Keelan, eight, to inherit.

One of the watches was a Constellation model engraved on the back with 'To Keelan Love Daddy x' while the other was a Seamaster model which had 'To Senan Love Daddy x' inscribed on it.

Thieves struck at his parent's home in Blackrock, where the watches were being stored, sometime between Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January. Gardaí said that jewellery and an unknown amount of cash was stolen in the burglary.

The family, who are worried that the thieves may try to sell the watches across the border, are particularly appealing for people in Northern Ireland to contact the police if offered the watches for sale.

"Anyone can get in touch and even leave the watches somewhere for collection, a hotel reception, a church, anywhere that ensures we can get them safely back," a family statement said.

A picture of the stolen watches.
© UTV News
Comments Comments
Kerrie Carroll in Dundalk, Co Louth wrote (374 days ago):
Thank you so much for sharing this appeal for the return of my brother in law's watches. We are beyond devastated.
Barry in Cookstown ,County Tyrone wrote (374 days ago):
The watches are a personal legacy from a dying father, give those boys back that memory of their beloved father Stephen may he rest in peace.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (375 days ago):
Whoever stole these watches should do the right thing and make sure this family gets them back, their of huge sentimental value, especially to these two young boys. Do the right thing and leave them at a Church with a note stating what they are and whom they belong to.
James in Comber wrote (375 days ago):
Just hope whoever did this are aware of the heartache being caused to this family. Have these people no morals at all. My thoughts to the Carroll family and I pray the watches will be returned.
Belfast in Belfast wrote (375 days ago):
Hope they are returned for those little boys, and the theives are caught outright!!
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