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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dubai Rose trying to trace family heirloom

Simon Brouder

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

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Dubai Rose, Ailis Hughes wearing the necklace which was lost during the festival

THIS year's Dubai Rose is asking for the public's help in tracing a precious heirloom that was lost while she was in Tralee for the Rose of Tralee festival.

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Louth native Ailis Hughes is hoping the people of Tralee can help her track down a necklace which was lost somewhere in the town centre.

The necklace, which is described as having a simple design that includes a single pearl, became tangled up and as Ailis mother Sheila was bringing it to a jewellers to see if it could be repaired she unfortunately lost it.

Sheila, who thinks the necklace may have fallen from her handbag, has contacted The Kerryman to see if anyone may have found the necklace, which she said holds enormous sentimental value for her daughter.

"It's a very simple necklace. It isn't particularly valuable but it's very, very important to Ailis and we really hope that someone may have found it and could return it," said Sheila.

Mrs Hughes, a well known businesswoman from Banbridge in County Down, was full of praise for the people of Tralee who she said had given her daughter and her family and friends a wonderful reception.

"We had such an amazing time. It was a fabulous experience and I could not speak highly of enough of Tralee and the people of the town. It was amazing the people of Tralee gave us an incredible welcome and it was obvious just how much work the people of the town put into the festival," said Sheila Hughes.

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