Criminals have stolen a top of the range racing bike from the house of a local man currently training for Cycle for Cancer, a charity cycle in memory of his late mother.
Ray Brady’s home in Clonee was broken into on June 16 in broad daylight when he was out for Father’s Day. Burglars ransacked his home taking what they could, including a computer and jewellery. He later noticed his bike was also taken from the spare room.
He is now appealing to anyone in the area who may have seen the distinctive bike (pictured) to get in touch with him or gardai so he can take part in the charity cycle from Rosslare to Dublin, which his family arranged in memory of his late mother. The proceeds of the event will go to St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown.
“Obviously we are not happy about what happened, especially the bike because of what we have coming up,” he said.
“I have been offered bikes but when you are a doing a cycle like this, you need a bike like the one that was stolen. There is no point doing this on a Raleigh bike or a mountain bike.
“I just want to highlight this… to urge people to be vigilant.
“Also, the fact I am doing the cycle for charity, I am hoping someone out there – a mother, brother, cousin – who has seen someone pull in with this bike, will help return it.
“I am convinced it is just sitting in someone’s shed.
“How ironic is it that I kept it in the house because I thought it would be safer than outside?
“This charity cycle is in jeopardy for me. I need a bike to train… and for the charity cycle. This has set me back so much. I just hope someone will return it,” he added.
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