Graig man Jim rescued toddler walking across main road in Limerick
WHEN NEW Ross rugby player James (Jim) Ryan (21) saw a toddler walking across the main Limerick to Dublin road in the early hours of Wednesday morning last he thought he was seeing things.
From Graiguenamanagh, the UL student, who is the son of retired Garda Reamonn Ryan and Joan, said he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a fair haired child wearing blue onesie pyjamas, carrying a child's pink blanket walking across the road and down a side road at 2:30 am.
Little Theo Costello (2) had climbed out of his cot in his bedroom shortly beforehand and managed to climb down the stairs and open the front door before going on a one mile expedition in the dead of night.
Jim said: 'It was shocking; I wasn't expecting it at all. I was expecting a quiet walk home from work from the Icon nightclub where I work part time.'
Having crossed the N7 road at traffic lights, Theo went down a side road where Jim found him crying and shivering.
'He was a lovely, lovely child. I saw him 100 metres away crossing the main Dublin road and going down a side road. I ran over and tried to catch up with him and I was looking around to see if his mother or father were nearby.'
Jim put a t-shirt he had in his pocket on Theo to keep him warm and waited with him for 20 minutes until a taxi passed by.
'I was trying to figure out what to do. Then a taxi stopped. The taxi driver was great. He let us stay in his car and Theo was able to warm up and I phoned the guards on the taxi driver's phone as mine wasn't working.'
Once the Gardaí had Theo Jim returned home, telling his house mates what happened.
Within a matter of hours the former Good Counsel College pupil's actions were making major news.
His mother Joan, who is a teacher at CBS NS, New Ross, said Jim isn't one to bask in the limelight, adding that he didn't even tell her about what had happened.
'He didn't even tell me about it. We're proud of him but you'd think everybody would do it. He doesn't feel it was anything unusual and he's quite a bit embarrassed by all the attention,' Joan said.
New Ross Standard