An Offaly drystock farmer in his mid-fifties who was beaten and robbed is beginning to return to his farming life.
Richie McKelvey’s sister Annette Meacle spoke on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1.
Annette revealed how Richie who “lives a very ordinary farmer’s life” was awoken by four men in his room and locked in a shed by the intruders.Richie trekked to his neighbour’s house, which was half a mile away in order to notify them of the incident.
Richie McKelvey was hospitalised following the robbery that occurred in his home, nearly two weeks ago. It is believed that this was the second time the holding was targeted over the last six weeks.
“He had a lot of lacerations and head injuries and stuff like that from the beating. They were quite serious.” Annette added.
Richie is now staying with his sister Annette and is returning to his farming life, paying daily visits to the cattle to perform routine herding checks.
Annette has thanked all for their assistance and support and has pleaded for more support and policing for rural areas.