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Family 'overwhelmed' by kindness after tandem is stolen

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Tom Burke, Elizabeth Gormley and their two children loved using their tandem bicycle

Tom Burke, Elizabeth Gormley and their two children loved using their tandem bicycle

Tom Burke, Elizabeth Gormley and their two children loved using their tandem bicycle

A family whose tandem was stolen from Phibsboro have said they are "disappointed" the bike was taken.

The three-seater Thorn bicycle was stolen from Myrtle Street on Tuesday night, and gardai at Mountjoy were alerted.

Tom Burke and Elizabeth Gormley said the tandem had been put to great use by them and their two children, who are four and seven, since the schools closed.

"A neighbour of ours knocked on the door at about 8.10pm to tell us it had been stolen," Mr Burke told the Herald.

"It was ironic because I was in the middle of putting something on Instagram just to celebrate how much we've been enjoying using the bike.

"It's been a great way to bring the kids around the place, as the picture kind of shows.

"They both get the exercise of being on the bike, but there's the safety too.

"Myself and Liz are able to steer the bike, so it's been a great asset during the school closure."

He added that the children were "disappointed" the bike had been stolen.

"They were getting into it. Over the last week-and-a-half, especially with the little one, we've been extending the range in terms of how far we can go, so they were really starting to get into it.

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"It feels like we've been cut off as this thing was just kind of becoming a thing for us."

Ms Gormley said the family had been overwhelmed with the kind responses they had received from people who are sharing posts about the missing bike.

"People on Facebook and Twitter have been awfully nice, sharing the message and sharing the picture. The guards also were very responsive and helpful," she said.