Not even heartless thieves and a stolen holiday fund could ruin a week away in Westport for a group from Dunshane Camphill Community who were able to go thanks to the generosity of the local community.
“The holiday went well,” said Camphill co-ordinator Joe Lynch. “We begged and borrowed to get it off the ground and thankfully we had enough. It was very tight to get the few bob together but the local community rallied behind us and that was great.”
A holiday fund worth €2,500 was stolen from the tight knit community of adults with special needs in Kilcullen on Saturday, June 21 last, just days before they were due to leave for a weeklong trip to Westport. The thieves, who targeted the community twice in eight days, first hit the 28-acre Dunshane Camphill Community on Friday, June 13, have not been caught but gardai are committed to more patrols in the area. Just over a week later, on Saturday, June 21, between 6pm and 8pm raiders entered the office, taking more cash, pre-signed cheques and the safe, ripped from the wall.
Both robberies amounted to €7,000 and took place near residential accommodation for people with special needs. “The community are still raising money,” said Mr Lynch.