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Trad-playing Irish family’s beloved campervan stolen in Essex

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THE BROGAN family, originally from Wexford, have had their beloved campervan stolen from their drive on London Road in Grays, Essex.

The van was taken between approximately 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday, January 20, toll records show that the van passed through the Dartford crossing heading south at 8:13pm.

The camper, which contained a selection of tools and a generator may have had power cables hanging from it when it was taken.

The vehicle is used to travel around the UK and Ireland attending trad concerts and fleadhs as well as taking family holidays to the coast and visiting relatives in Ireland.

“We’ve had camper vans for the last 14 years or so and what we’ve done over the years, is keep trading them up, so that in the end, we’d end up with something pretty good,” said Seamus Brogan.

Seamus’  mother Mary Brogan was the All Ireland Mouth Organ Champion in 1977, and the family has a long history of competing in traditional music events across the UK and Ireland.

The van had become a cult fleadh venue it’s in own right, when the Brogan family starting holding unofficial trad sessions in the van after gigs.

“All of the trad musicians from Ireland, the UK and the international trad music scene know the camper, we’re always having a session in the van. At the All-Britain Fleadh in 2014, we had 18 musicians playing in the back of the van, with an audience outside under the awning. That’s the norm for the Brogan Camper, it’s been happening for years in all the vans we’ve had.”

The family is appealing to anyone in the area who may have seen the van, a Peugeot Boxer Swift, after it was taken, or to anyone who is offered the van for sale to contact Essex police on: 01245 491491.

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