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Mum appeals to RTE's Joe Duffy and taxi drivers to help find teddy bear memento of stillborn baby son


Joe Duffy, RTE presenter, Liveline and Spirit Levels

Joe Duffy, RTE presenter, Liveline and Spirit Levels

Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy


Joe Duffy, RTE presenter, Liveline and Spirit Levels

A woman has issued an appeal to Dublin taxi drivers to help find a special teddy bear associated with her stillborn son.

Marie Melody contacted RTE Radio One's 'Liveline' programme and told broadcaster Joe Duffy that she left the precious memento in a bag which was placed in the boot of a taxi.

Marie had just completed the Dublin mini-marathon on Bank Holiday Monday when she and three others jumped into a taxi at St Stephen's Green in the city centre.

The group had two bags - one which contained a phone and wallet, and the other a black rucksack which contained a special little teddy bear.

"The black bag contained a teddy bear, which is called a Seany bear, which is a teddy bear I received from a midwife after I lost my son," Melody told Joe.

"He was stillborn four moths ago and we've been using Seany bear to keep his memory alive by taking various photographs in places to mark significant dates," she explained.

Marie jumped into the taxi at 5.30pm on St Stephen's Green, which took them to Stillorgan Luas Park at 6pm.

The vehicle was a 2003 Silver Toyota Avensis, and Marie believes the driver's surname was Dalton. Marie, a female friend and two men travelled in the taxi.

The group put the two bags into the boot, and simply forgot them after they got out of the taxi. It was raining heavily at the time and the four people were running to their cars in the Luas car park to avoid getting wet.

"The driver was in his fifties, he was a lovely pleasant Irish man, with greyish hair, slightly long," Marie said.

​Marie said it's quite possible the bags are still in the boot and is appealing to taxi drivers across Dublin to help her find her special teddy bear.

Joe asked that any taxi drivers who can help to contact them on 1850 715 815

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