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Devastated Karl's appeal for stolen iPhone with footage of his late mum

KARL Broderick has spoken of his "overwhelming sadness" after his iPhone containing cherished footage of his late mum was stolen.

The Eurovision composer (40) is "gutted" after the device was taken during a night out in Dublin last weekend.

"I'm just trying not to think about it. It's the only footage of my mum that I have. I just hope whoever took it needs it more than I do."

Karl's mum Una passed away in Beaumont Hospital on July 7, 2012 but he had managed to make a short video of her the day before she died.

"It's a clip that's about six and a half minutes long and I took it the day before she passed away.

"I was in Beaumont Hospital with her and her phone had gone missing so my sister had gone down to Artane Castle to get her another one.

"She was asking where my sister had gone and when I told her, she went, 'she shouldn't be spending her money on things'.

"She died the next day but it was nice knowing that I always had that footage of her as we didn't take any at our wedding. My sister has taken her death quite hard and hadn't even been able to watch it yet."

Karl was enjoying a night out in Wilde on Wicklow Street on Saturday night along with his hubbie Alan Hughes and a group of pals when his phone disappeared.

He only realised it was gone once he had jumped into a taxi.

Despite contacting Wilde to inquire if anyone had handed it in -- there has been no sign of the phone since.


"They have been absolutely lovely about it and said they would check CCTV footage for me and everything but it still hasn't turned up," he added.

"I'm overwhelmingly sad about this. I keep thinking 'why didn't I back it up?' But I suppose you're always a genius in hindsight."

Karl said he would go to any lengths to get the video clip back as it's of such huge sentimental value to him and his family.

He described it as "very distinctive" and said it's a white iPhone 4 with a slight crack in the screen. Its hard cover also has a photo of himself and partner Alan, taken from their 2011 nuptials.

He has reported the theft to Pearse Street Garda Station and has appealed to anyone with information to contact them.

- MF