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Lost your engagement ring? Jewellery worth €4,000 left in pub bathroom

Daniel McDonald

Published 28/05/2015 | 21:03

Amanda McKiernan waering 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 worth a possible €4,000 have been found by a good Samaritan in Dublin City.

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Amanda McKiernan was having a drink with her husband at the Hole in the Wall pub on Blackhorse Avenue when she found an engagement ring and a wedding ring unattended in the bathroom.

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

“It was around six o’clock,” she explained to the Irish Independent. “There were two rings just sitting on the sink; I’d say someone had taken them off to wash their hands or something.

“This was going back about three weeks, to Saturday (May 9th). My husband and I were due to go on holidays the next day, and he’d taken me out for a drink before we left.”

Thinking quickly, Amanda immediately notified staff at the pub, which is located just off the Phoenix Park. The Cabra native has since taken it upon herself to locate the owners of the lost rings.

“I left them both behind the bar with the owner with my name and number, but after a week or so nobody had come, so I said I’d be as well out looking for this person myself. I’ve tried everything since; I’ve been in with the Guards, I’ve had it in the local newsletter and everything, but no one’s come forward so far.”

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’s efforts intensified when she realised that the rings could potentially be worth a lot of money.

“I took them down to a friend of mine, Martin Gear jewellers on Mary Street, where I used to work. He didn’t formally value them or anything, but he said the engagement ring could be worth between €2,500 and €3,000, and the wedding ring could be worth another €900.”

Married herself for more than 22 years, the mother-of-two said she could empathise with the plight of the owner of the rings.

“I can picture some poor girl pulling her hair out over this, and I really can’t stress enough how much I want to find her. It’s like when someone’s lost a dog and they’re looking for it, that’s the way I’ve been searching for this girl. I’m awake every night thinking ‘what can I do next?’ I can only imagine if I lost mine my husband would have to kill me or leave me!”

Anybody with any information on who might own these rings is being urged to contact Cabra Garda Station at 01 6667400.

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