Father of Irish rugby star tied up and robbed in aggravated burglary

Eoin Reddan - father suffered robbery ordeal in Limerick home

By David Raleigh

Gardaí have appealed for information after the father of Ireland and Leinster rugby scrum half Eoin Reddan was held up and robbed by at least one man in his home last night.

The businessman has been named locally as Don Reddan, who runs a well-known insurance business, Don Reddan Insurances in The Crescent, O'Connell Street, Limerick.

His son Eoin has 53 caps for Ireland and has also played for Munster, Wasps and Connaught.

Don Reddan, aged in his 60s, was at his home located in the town land of Ballycummin near Raheen, Limerick, when a lone armed robber entered the house at around 10:30pm.

Gardaí have described the incident as a "serious aggravated burglary".

It is believed Mr Reddan was tied up and held by the robber for at least two hours in his home. Gardaí said their investigation was "in its early days".

Gardaí said the robber was armed with a "weapon", and "not a gun".

Detectives are investigating several lines of enquiry, including that the man was acting with others who may have been waiting in a car nearby.

Gardaí said Mr Reddan was the sole occupant in the house at the time.

A Garda scenes of crime unit is currently carrying out a forensic examination of the house.

A Garda spokesman said Mr Reddan was admitted to University Hospital Limerick as a precaution following his terrifying ordeal, but was not injured.

"He was discharged from hospital at 5am this morning. We have yet to talk to him. I believe he is resting up at the moment," said a source.

A "small sum of money" was taken in the robbery, gardaí said.

"There was a serious incident, a serious crime, in the townland of Ballycummin near Raheen. It was an aggravated burglary. If anybody can offer us assistance we would be very grateful," said a Garda spokesman.

Gardaí said the assailant was wearing "dark clothes" and his "face was covered" with a balaclava.

"We are appealing to people who may have noticed any suspicious activity or suspicious car activity in the area or near the man's house to contact us," the Garda source added.

The critical times gardaí are appealing for information on, are between 10.30pm last night and 12.30am this morning.

An investigation room has been set up at Roxboro Road Garda station.

"Gardai at Henry Street received a 999 call (from a third party) and alerted Roxboro Road Garda station. We are appealing for information. It was a serious crime," the Garda added.

Roxboro Road Garda station can be contacted on 061-214340.

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