A stolen iPad with the precious last images of a much loved mother has been returned to her family.
Orlagh Nogher made a Facebook appeal after it was stolen from the family home on Thursday evening shortly after her mother Mary’s funeral.
But, a watch with huge sentimental value remains missing.
The appeal was widely shared amongst West Belfast community groups and led to it being returned to their home in the Glen Road area on Friday evening.
The iPad had been left on top of a bush in Falls Park and spotted by a woman who recognised its description on Facebook.
Orlagh said one option is that the thieves or someone in possession of the iPad developed “a conscience” as it had been left in a visible spot.
However, her dad’s watch, which is of sentimental value, remains missing.
“I think it was left for someone to see it,” said Orlagh.
“Last night a lady from up the street called, someone had gone to the trouble to find out where I lived. Residents groups such as the Turf Lodge groups and Colin Glen shared my post. It was good detective work.”
Orlagh said knowing thieves had been in their house at this difficult time had added to the family’s upset.
“My mummy’s Mass cards were there when the iPad was taken, they would have had to put their hands over the cards to take it away,” she said.
“People who experience death, they pick on them as they are vulnerable.
“After mummy’s funeral we are all still raw but she was very sick. The support we have received since Thursday has been wonderful.
“The iPad had our last videos of her and we are so delighted to have it back. We were very upset but we are now relieved, so relieved.
“I do not know what was behind it but we are just glad to have it back.”
Orlagh, home from Australia for the funeral, added: “My dad Mickey received the watch that was stolen on his 60th birthday. It has sentimental value. At the back of it it says ‘With love from m r r f e’. It is solar powered with a silver face and the strap is of a black material.
“If the watch is brought to the police or it is returned nothing will be said about it.
“Thank you to everyone who shared our appeal. It shows we really do have a great community.”