Two homeowners had "no idea" that precious family heirlooms, including one-of-a-kind FAI gold medals, were being stolen when they were at home on Wednesday night.
Gardaí are investigating the case after the medals, belonging to a founding member of the FAI, were stolen from the home of Marina and Alan Finley on the Howth Road, Raheny on Wednesday some time between 6pm and 11pm.
Mr and Mrs Finley were at home that evening, but heard no disturbance and had no idea that their house was robbed until the next day.
"We didn't hear anything," Mrs Finley told the Herald.
"We were on one side of the house and in the evening after dinner you go in and watch television and, maybe, you're half asleep."
Mrs Finley knew something wasn't right when the following day, she discovered that a bathroom near the safe had its window wide open.
"I would think this is a professional job and I'm only glad we didn't know they were there," she said.
The medals were taken alongside jewellery that the couple, who have been married for 61 years, had accumulated over a lifetime together.
Mrs Finley's father was Jim Younger, a founding member of the FAI in 1921 who served on various committees.
She inherited two of the medals from her parents, which are dated 1930-31 and 1934-1935, and feature inscriptions on the back.
While the couple have been informed that chances of finding the safe and their items are unlikely, Mrs Finley said she "lives in hope".
She said she doesn't know how the burglars knew of the safe or the medals inside.
"They might have been just lucky," she said.
Gardaí have appealed to anybody who may have found these medals or who can help in tracing their whereabouts.
"Gardaí are appealing to any persons who may come across these medals or who can assist gardaí in locating any of the items of the burglary to contact Raheny Garda station on 01 666 4300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda station," said a garda spokesperson.