Family blown away by late 'gift'
LITTLE Easkey Duggan (2) got a huge surprise when she woke up to find a trampoline in her back garden.
But it wasn't a case of Santa arriving a few days late.
The trampoline was blown there by strong winds.
Easkey, her dad Malachy and mother Carrie were all tucked up in bed in the Binn Bhan estate in Knocknacarra, Galway, and slept through the St Stephen's night storm.
When they awoke, they found the large and partially damaged trampoline, which had crashed through their fence.
After getting over the initial shock, they set about trying to find its owner, but with little success.
"It had been blown right through our back fence and into the garden. We have no idea where it came from or who owns it," said Malachy.
"We thought at first that it belonged to our neighbours as they have a trampoline, but it wasn't."
He spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon calling to homes in the immediate area in an effort to reunite the trampoline with its owners.
"The wind was very strong and I think we got the worst of the storm here in the west. It must have blown from a garden somewhere in the vicinity.
"Either that, or Santa's aim was a little bit off," added Malachy.