The owner of the Dublin bicycle shop that helps Ukrainian refugees stole his own bicycle from outside the house

The owner of an “exceptionally distinctive” bicycle has appealed for information after he was stolen from his home in Dublin last night.

aul McQuaid, who rides River Cycles on Usher’s Island, next to James Joyce Bridge, was left devastated by the theft of the bike, which he had recently electrified for a cost of € 2,000.

He said that apart from the financial loss, the model Larry Vs Harry Bullitt was of great sentimental value.

Mr McQuaid told Independent.ie that he bought the bike about eight years ago so he could bring his boxer dog, named Frankie, to work every day.

“I was running a bike rental business in Phoenix Park and he was walking next to me when I was cycling from Portobello every day,” he said.

“When he got too old, I decided to get the bike and he traveled there for the last three years of his life.

“We were devastated when he died a few years ago. That’s why I have a great emotional attachment to that bike.”

Mr McQuaid, who has been in business for more than 40 years, recently called for donations of old bicycles, which he reconditions and passes on to Ukrainian refugees.

“I had used the baking bike up to five times a day to collect donated bikes,” he said.

“That bike is more than a toy and I do not know what I will do without it – I am absolutely angry and still in shock.”

Mr McQuaid, who also offered free bike repairs to frontline workers during the pandemic, said the truck was stolen in the middle of the night from the courtyard of his home in Portobello.

The bike, with a value of more than € 6,500, – is white with a large white box / red stripe on the front.

“I was in complete disbelief when I realized it was gone,” he said. “The bike is exceptionally distinctive and I would ask anyone with information to contact Gardaí in Kevin Street.”