CALLOUS thugs raided a well known family pub in the centre of the city while the distressed owners were at the funeral of their mother who ran it for years. Gardai have already carried out a number of searches in the Hebron area of the city following the shocking crime on Tuesday of last week.
Mourners were attending the burial of Phil Campion of Campion’s pub, Blackmill Street when the criminals struck sometime during the day. They stole a large amount of stock, cuased considerable damage and ransacked the place breaking glasses and taking a number of items including television sets in what was awell organised operation that would have required a van.
Gardai are investigating and are seeking the public’s help in bringing the culprits to justice, They want anyone who saw anything suspicious in the lower Blackmill Street area of the city on Tuesday of last week to contact them as soon as possible in the strictest confidence on 7775000.
Detectives have carried ouit forensic tests and are following a number of lines of enquiry and while no arrests have been made they are hopeful of bringing those responsible before the courts in due course. People in the Blackmill Street area have been stunned by the robbery while a woman they had geat respect for, Mrs Campion, was being buried. Mrs Campion and her late husband, Davey were held in the highest esteem by the people of the area and neighbours are now afraid. One woman who didn’t want to be identified said that no one is safe in their homes after what happened. “It is bad enough to lose your mother but to have the well run pub that she worked in all her life raided during her funeral is simply shocking,” she said.
Mrs Campion who was 86 years of age was a most patient, kind and friendly person and was extremely popular with the customers. Coming from a farming background she never lost the common touch. She enjoyed a night out at bingo and loved the many trips to Kerry, in particular a regular visit to the Puck Fair in Killorglin with her late husband. Her family were her pride and joy and as long as her sons and daughters were happy Phil was contented. A very religious woman she had a special affection for the Black Abbey church and was a regular worshipper there. Although naturally quiet and reserved by nature Phil could remember every customer’s name and regularly enquired as to the state of their respective families.