Monday 26 September 2016

Jewellery worth €4,000 left in pub bathroom re-united with owner

Daniel McDonald

Published 29/05/2015 | 13:13

Amanda McKiernan wearing the engagement and wedding rings she found in the Hole in the Wall pub in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Amanda McKiernan wearing the engagement and wedding rings she found in the Hole in the Wall pub in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Amanda McKiernan holding the engagement and wedding rings she found in the Hole in the Wall pub in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Amanda McKiernan waering the engagement and wedding rings she found in the Hole in the Wall pub in Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

A pair of rings which were lost in a Dublin pub have been successfully returned to their rightful owner.

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Niamh Hogan, from Newcastle in South Dublin, said she was ecstatic when she realised her rings had been found.

Speaking to independent.ie today, she said: “I couldn’t believe it, I really couldn’t believe it. It just goes to show you the real power of the media.”

The mother-of-two was having a drink at the Hole in the Wall pub on Blackhorse Avenue three weeks ago when she misplaced the rings, valued collectively at almost €4,000.

“One of my sisters was due to be married, so we were down at the Hole in the Wall having a champagne reception to celebrate.

“I don’t remember actually taking the rings off, I just remember coming home then next day and thinking, ‘they must be in the house somewhere.’ So we tore the place apart, myself and my partner, we were both going mad.”

The Aspect Hotel sales and marketing manager enlisted the help of her work colleagues, who eventually brought her attention to the Independent.ie article.

“I had the girls in work up the walls, and they were telling me they had to be a home somewhere. My boss rang me then last night and she said ‘Niamh, have you seen the article?’ So I went on and found the story online and there they were.”

She added: “It brings you back to how there really are people out there who actually care. Only for Amanda going the distance and actually bringing this to the media, I’d never have found them. So I want to really thank her for being so honest and genuine in everything she’s done.”

Amanda McKiernan spent three weeks exhausting every avenue to return the rings, which she found unattended on a bathroom sink, to their rightful owners.

She told Independent.ie: “I’m over the moon. I’ve found the owner now, and that was my only concern. It’s not something I was doing for myself; I could just imagine the stress that someone was going through looking for the rings. I’m just happy I could bring the whole thing to a close for Niamh.”

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