Help find wheelchair athlete’s car as he bids to get to Rio 2016

A wheelchair athlete has launched a public appeal to help trace his stolen specially-adapted Audi – so he can train to make it to the Paralympics in Rio 2016.

John McCarthy, originally from Cork, but living in Lucan, took to Facebook to issue his appeal, writing: ‘I am a wheelchair user so this car is adapted with hand controls to allow me to drive it.

‘Without this car I am unable to get to work or get to training which is so important to me at the moment as I am trying to qualify for the Rio Paralympics if you could please share this post as much as you can.

“Thanks for your help.”

John says he cannot go to vital training sessions as part of the Irish wheelchair racing team, without the black Audi A6 estate car because without the vehicle, he is housebound.

John's Audi A6 estate
John’s Audi A6 estate

Gardai last night also issued a public appeal to find the vehicle, stolen from his Lucan, Dublin home on April 26.

Gardai said the vehicle was stolen from the driveway of a house in Lucan, Co Dublin, on April 25 anywhere between midnight and 8am.

A Garda spokesman said:  “Gardaí in Ronanstown investigating the theft of car from the driveway of a house in Lucan, are appealing for members of the public for assistance in tracing this particular car.”

The black Audi estate has a registration number of 12-C-11586.

John told the Irish Independent thieves broke into his Dublin home on the Abbeywood estate in Lucan, whilst he was asleep and stole the keys to his adapted car and drove off.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda station on 01 6667700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
John wrote for anyone who knows anything about where the car is to contact him on

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