The owner of a Carndonagh cafe burgled at the weekend has thanked its customers and staff for their support.
Dominic McDermott, who runs Caffe Banba in Carndonagh’s Diamond, told the ‘Journal’ he was just about to enter the Taste of Donegal Food Festival in Donegal Town when he heard the news.
Burglars targeted the cafe between Saturday night and Sunday morning and Gardai have appealed to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at that time to contact them.
Mr McDermott praised the staff member who first came across the scene, as well as those who helped clean up.
He said he has also been greatly heartened by the support of his customers and the Carndonagh community.
He said: “It was a shock. When we got the call we were just about to go into the food festival. But, there were people relying on us, so we just had to get on with it.
“Our staff handled everything so well and customers have been coming in since we opened again. They’ve been very good.”
The cafe was forced to close on Sunday due to the burglary.
The second ‘Caffe Banba,’ a popular mobile cafe located at Banba’s Crown in Malin Head, was also out of action on Monday due to the incident.
Mr McDermott said while they lost two days takings, it was onwards and upwards.
He said: “It’s a little shop and everyone loves it. We have worked hard to get where we are so for someone to go in and do this seems very mean. But, it won’t stop us. It’s not the end of the world and we’ve had a lot of support.”
Mr McDermott also praised Gardai who were on the scene “straight away after it was reported.”
Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy told the ‘Journal’ Gardai are investigating the burglary.
A sum of money was taken and the scene was examined by the Gardai divisional scene of crime unit.
Inspector Murphy said Gardai appealed for witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity in and around the Diamond, or the area behind the premises, from Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Carndonagh Gardai can be contacted on 074 93 74109; Buncrana Gardai on 073 92 20002 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.