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HOLE IN THE WALL GANG.



Byline: PAUL CLARKSON

THIEVES stole part of a 200-year-old wall in a busy city centre street early yesterday morning.

A huge segment of a rare granite wall on the riverbank of the River Liffey Liffey redirects here. For the Australian town see Liffey, Tasmania.
The Liffey (An Life in Irish) is a river in the Republic of Ireland, which flows through the centre of Dublin. Its major tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.
 at Victoria Quay Victoria Quay (VQ) is a Scottish Government building situated in Leith, Edinburgh. Designed by Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall, construction began in 1993 and the building was officially opened by the Queen on Monday 1 July 1996.  in Dublin was taken in the daylight raid.

Gardai are hunting for a lorry that was used by what has been dubbed dub 1  
tr.v. dubbed, dub·bing, dubs
1. To tap lightly on the shoulder by way of conferring knighthood.

2. To honor with a new title or description.

3.
 "the hole in the wall gang Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, was the name given to a gang in the American Wild West, which took its name from the Hole-in-the-Wall Pass in Johnson County, Wyoming, where several outlaw gangs had their hideouts. ".

A Garda source said: "Why they wanted this wall is a mystery. Granite is quite rare but what they will do with it we just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 yet.

"It can't be that easy to hide 26 slabs of granite."

More than 24 square metres of the antique granite slabs were taken from the site which was being repaired by building firm Wallace Construction.

It is thought the thieves made off with the stones early yesterday morning after packing them on to a lorry with heavy lifting equipment.

Tim Brick, Dublin Corporation's aptly named Deputy City Engineer, said he could not understand why anyone would steal the wall.

He said: "It is inconceivable that anybody would have so little regard for the city's heritage.

"I don't know what they want if for or what they would do with it."

The Liffey wall ranges in age from 150 to 200 years old. Mr Brick described the stolen granite as "priceless" and difficult to replace or replicate.

Mr Brick added that fortunately a section of wall at Blackhall Place - where a bridge is being built - will help to replace the lost stone.

The Gardai has asked for anyone with information to contact them at Kevin Street Kevin Street (born 25 November 1977 in Crewe) is an English footballer who currently plays for Stafford Rangers. Clubs
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2001
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