Sunday 25 September 2016

Walking sticks and wheelchairs left behind

Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30

Seven walking sticks, four crutches and a wheelchair - miracles must be a regular occurrence at Dublin Airport, if all of these items can occupy the space of its lost and found section.
Seven walking sticks, four crutches and a wheelchair - miracles must be a regular occurrence at Dublin Airport, if all of these items can occupy the space of its lost and found section.

Seven walking sticks, four crutches and a wheelchair - miracles must be a regular occurrence at Dublin Airport, if all of these items can occupy the space of its lost and found section.

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Numerous documentaries have been made about the miracle of the flying machine, but it's doubtful if this is what they had in mind.

"That's what we say, miracles happen at Dublin Airport everyday. Suddenly people can walk, when they previously couldn't," said Siobhan O'Donnell of the DAA.

Sergeant Niall O'Brien,who is in charge of the lost and found section at the airport, said that items such as a wheelchair are strange, but there's a bit of competition for the strangest things handed in. "Yeah, there have been a couple of things over the years. We had an urn with somebody's ashes handed in, thankfully that was redeemed, and before I was here there was a prosthetic leg," said Sgt O'Brien. "The wheelchair has been here for over four months now. The only thing I can think of is that they had two wheelchairs and left the second one here," he said.

Three laptops lie in wait of being reacquainted with their owners, but attempts by the Dublin Airport Authority to find the owner are futile, with each one password protected.

Added to this are about 200 belts, 100 pairs of reading glasses, 60 passports, 40 coats and jackets, 30 sets of keys, nine mobile phones, along with boxes of jewellery, watches and other miscellaneous items.

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