Martin O’Connell has become the second Meath footballing legend to have part of his medal collection – amassed over a stellar career in green and gold – stolen. Earlier this year, Graham Geraghty, who is currently recuperating following major surgery three weeks ago, had has All Ireland and Leinster SFC mementos, among others, burgled from his home.
Carlanstown native O’Connell, who has in more recent times been affiliated with the Walterstown club, is the Royal County’s most decorated footballer having collected Celtic Crosses in 1987, ’88 and ’96 as well as being selected on the Team Of The Millennium.
The burglary took place in Staholmog and a number of other items were taken at the time.
Gardai in Kells are investigating the incident and appealing for assistance from anyone who may have seen suspicious activity on Tuesday evening in the locality.
Thankfully, the majority of Graham Geraghty’s medals were returned to him having been found dumped in a plastic bag in Co Wicklow. Hopefully the power of social media will come up trumps again and help out a man whose brilliance gave so much joy to so many of us for so long.
The medal would be of absolutely no value to the heartless vagrants who broke into the O’Connell family home but are of incalculable personal and sentimental worth to those to earned them and their families. If anyone has any information which coul help medal and owner be re-united, please come forward.