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Appeal for return of treasured GAA county medals

Teemore Shamrocks 1969

A DEVASTATED former Teemore Shamrocks footballer has appealed for the return of his Fermanagh senior championship medal which he won in 1969 after it was cruelly stolen when his house was burgled.
Bernard Murphy, who is originally from Teemore, had his house in Enniskillen ransacked during the early hours of Sunday morning, and a number of GAA medals were stolen, including his treasured senior championship medal which he won playing alongside former GAA president Peter Quinn and his brother Sean. The medals, he explained, have immense sentimental value.
Bernard’s house is currently being renovated, and he was not in the house when the burglary took place but when he arrived to the house on Sunday he found the house ransacked and the TV in the middle of the floor.
He has appealed for those who took the medals to return them to him saying they are no good to anyone else.
“It is very disappointing. The medals have no financial value to those who stole them – but they mean a lot to me. I won them over a number of years, and the medals are very important to me. There was trophies there too, but they did not touch them, just the medals. I would just really like for them to give them back to me.”
On the same night, another house on Mill Street was also burgled, and a white Mercedes van, taken from the house and was later found burnt out at Ely Lodge.
Bernard explained that his neighbour heard a noise around 3.30am on Sunday morning.
“I think they must have been disturbed. My next door neighbour heard a noise around 3.30am, and he opened and closed his door so maybe they heard that and made off with the medals. It is a very quiet street to live on, and my neighbours are more than good.
“I have never had any bother with anything like this so it is very disappointing and the thought of them being in my house,” he added.
A spokesman for the PSNI said, “Police in Enniskillen are investigating reports of burglaries at two houses in the Mill Street area of the town. Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in Mill Street or Ely Lodge or has any information to contact police in Enniskillen on 101 quoting reference 607 of 22/04/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


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