€1k reward for return of watches left by dying dad

A Cork taxi driver has offered a reward of €1,000 for the return of two watches left by a dying father to his two young sons.

The Omega watches are worth nothing as they were engraved by the dying 38-year-old for his sons, aged 10 and 8.

Stephen Carroll, who died of cancer of the kidney two months ago, had received the luxury watches as presents for his 21st and 30th birthday, and wanted them to be given to his eldest sons, Seenan and Keelan, as keepsakes.

Last night, Donal Desmond said he was willing to offer €1,000 to the person who returned the watches to the family.

“I am consumed by that story. I dreamt about it last night. I can’t stop thinking about it. I have two twin sons myself and we waited a long time for them. My family has also been touched by cancer and I can’t imagine the heartbreak that that family in Dundalk are going through,” the part time farmer and taxi driver said.

“I will gladly drop €1,000 into the offices of the Irish Examiner if it meant those watches are returned.”

The Carroll family also appealed last week to the thieves to “drop them to a church, to the gardaí, or leave them somewhere they will be found… There will be no questions asked.”

Stephen and his wife Breffnie also have a four year old son, Roan. Eighteen months ago, he found out that he was dying from cancer.

The family run Carroll newsagents and Hallmark shops in Dundalk, Drogheda, Monaghan and Navan. The watches were in safe keeping at his parents’ home at Blackrock, Co Louth, but last Friday, the house was burgled.

“We are all devastated that this has happened. The watches have no resale value at all because of the unique engravings on them. To us they have sentimental value that we could not put a price on. This is very hard on all of the family especially coming so soon after Stephen’s death,” his sister-in-law Kerrie Carroll said.

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