Thursday 22 August 2019

Wexford thieves ransacked bridegroom's house on eve of his wedding

Newly-weds Gary and Hilary McGuire.
Newly-weds Gary and Hilary McGuire.

By David Tucker

thieves ransacked the home of a Wexford man the night before his wedding on Friday, stealing a watch and his wedding shoes and smashing a new i-Phone and cufflinks his brother had made as a present.

Despite the trauma, and a sleepless night, Gary McGuire got to the church on time to marry his sweetheart Hilary Smyth at Myshall Church, in Carlow, at 1 p.m. on Friday after meeting detectives investigating the raid and forensic officers dusting for fingerprints at his home in Cromwelsfort Fort earlier in the day.

'He had been in his brother's house and when he got home the front right window had been prised open and his house had been ransacked,' said Gary's brother Albert.

'They stole his Raymond Weil watch and his wedding shoes and smashed a new iPhone 5 he had got as a wedding present and his work iPhone as well,' said Albert.

'They pulled out everything, even up in the bedrooms. They wrecked the place and even snapped in half cufflinks his brother Eric (who has a jewellery business in Gorey) had made,' said Albert.

Despite all the angst and upset, the wedding went ahead as planned followed by a great reception at the Riverbank House Hotel.

Albert, who plays the trombone, said niece Sophie Kelly played the violin, Don Sadler played the trumpet with keyboard accompaniament by Ger Griffin. Well-known Wexford publican Des Whelan sang three songs.

Albert said the newly-weds were now taking things easy.

Gary works at Equifax in Wexford, while Hilary works as a teacher in Rathdrum.

'The worst thing was the destruction, the fact that they smashed what they didn't take away,' said Albert, 'I don't know what kind of people would do this.'

Wexford garda have appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Cromwelsfort estate between 6 p.m. and midnight last Thursday (July 23) to contact them on 053 9165200.

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