A heartbroken grandmother is appealing to the public for help in finding a precious necklace that contains the ashes of her baby grand-daughter.
Elma Fay has been wearing the piece of cremation jewellery since her granddaughter Nicole passed away at 16-months-old over a year ago.
Little Nicole died on January 5, 2015 from a genetic disease, after defying medics who only gave her a short time to live after she was born.
"Shortly after Nicole passed away my daughter Leona bought four cremation jewellery necklaces and placed some of Nicole's ashes inside each for me and Leona's two siblings, Niamh and Orla," Elma said.
Unfortunately, Elma discovered that the necklace was missing when she returned home to Kilmessan, Co Meath after a trip to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre last Sunday.
"I knew the chain was a little faulty and I kept meaning to replace it, but I didn't think it would fall off. I always take the chain off going to bed and put it back on every morning," she said. "I remember putting it on me on Sunday morning and I went into Boots and Power City in the centre at around 2.30pm.
"On the way home I stopped in Dunshaughlin for petrol and to collect a pizza in Kilmessan.
"It was only when I was sitting on the couch watching TV that I felt for the necklace as you tend to do instinctively. I always just touch it every now and again, almost automatically.
"When I discovered it was gone, I was so distraught. We searched the house and car for it and I rang everywhere I had been, but although everyone was so helpful it hasn't turned up."
Nicole was born with a very rare genetic disorder called Aicardi Syndrome and wasn't expected to live more than a few months. She died on Leona's birthday on January 5 last year.
"Nicole was tube fed, she couldn't see or walk or talk and suffered daily seizures, but she was so precious to us and loved by us all," said Elma. "I'm just hoping that we can find the necklace"
The necklace itself is a stainless steel canister containing the ashes with three small diamante stones on a silver chain.
Anyone that may have come across the piece in the area of Liffey Valley Shopping Centre or around Dunshaughlin and Kilmessan is asked to contact Leona at firstname.lastname@example.org