Burglars loot jewellery of Donegal woman days after her funeral
Thieves broke into the home of an elderly woman and stole her sister's jewellery - just days after she had buried her.
The callous criminals broke into the home of Beattie Doherty in the Co Donegal village of Convoy at some time between last Thursday night and Friday morning.
Mrs Doherty had just left for a short break after the ordeal of losing her beloved sister only a couple of weeks earlier.
In addition to ransacking the house, the thieves took money she had received for her birthday.
Family, friends and neighbours of Mrs Doherty, who has lived in the village for more than 50 years, have been outraged by the burglary.
Relatives of the victim have left messages on social media offering a reward for the return of some of the personal items stolen in the raid.
They include Mrs Doherty's late sister's Tiffany jewellery and gems.
One family member wrote on Facebook "We are feeling so disheartened & disgusted that this has even happened."
Another family member said that Mrs Doherty was known as a kind neighbour who has always tried to help people.
Gardai have confirmed they are carrying out a full investigation into the burglary.
Dozens of people have left messages of support on social media in support of the Doherty family.
Some have even offered their own reward for information.
Her family have slammed the break-in and revealed that the sympathy cards from Mrs Doherty's sister's funeral were still on the mantelpiece when the house was ransacked.
Another family member posted on Facebook: "Thankfully for small mercies that she wasn't at home at the time or it could have been a lot worse."
Another house in the neighbouring village of Killygordon was also broken into on the same night.
Gardai are investigating whether the two break-ins are connected and if they were carried out by the same people.
They have made an appeal to the public for information.