The custodian of an All-Ireland hurling medal which was stolen last Friday has pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.

The hurling medal from 1948 had been the possession the late Waterford player Daithi de Paor (David Power), and was being kept by his daughter Siún O'Mahoney.

The theft is believed to have occurred last Friday between 4pm and 7pm following a burglary at a residence in Farnatrane, Oylegate in Co Wexford.

Ms O'Mahoney noticed that there had been a break-in in her home after someone had gained access through a window. She said that the medal was the first thing she had checked.

"It's very, very upsetting. This is a family heirloom. It was to be passed down," Ms O’Mahoney told RTÉ News.

"He has grandchildren who never got to meet him, but who are immensely proud of him."

Ms O’Mahoney said her father was a "true GAA man" and that the sport "was his life". That love of sport was passed down to all of his children, she added.

During GAA events and matches, Ms O’Mahoney said that she would wear the medal around her neck as a "memento to my father".

"We are all devastated as a family. I was the custodian. Both my parents are deceased," she said.

"It was my job to keep it safe and now it’s gone."

Ms O’Mahoney has pleaded with whoever stole the medal to return it and for anyone with information to get in touch with local gardaí.

"We just want it returned. It means so much to us. It’s an heirloom for all of my father’s descendants.

"He passed it on to all of his children and we want all of his grandchildren to someday have it in memory of a wonderful man."

A number of other items of jewellery were also stolen.

Gardaí in Enniscorthy are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 053 924 2580, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.