Apology from 'idiot who took Dick Mack's clock'
The voice at the end of the line was apologetic, and the caller introduced himself as "the idiot who took the clock".
It was a phone call that Finn Mac Donnell was surprised but delighted to get after the clock was taken from Dick Mack's Pub in Dingle at the weekend.
The antique railway timekeeper's clock had already turned up at nearby Curran's yard, another well-known pub in the west Kerry town.
Although damaged from Saturday night's drunken escapade, the Mac Donnells will be able to repair the clock - which has been in the family since 1899 and had belonged to Finn's great-grandfather Tom Mac Donnell, station master in Dingle.
His son, Dick Mack, had put it on the wall of his famous pub, where it had hung ever since, until it was taken down by a group of men on a stag-do on Saturday night.
"It was found damaged at the back of Curran's yard and later we got a call from one of the culprits, who admitted taking the clock and said he'd pay for any damage caused to it," Finn told the Irish Independent. "We've drawn a line under it really now and we've assured him we won't take it any further.
"We came out of it okay. People really got behind the pub and Dingle and there was a huge goodwill factor."
The best news for the Mac Donnells, especially Finn's uncle Oliver who owns the pub and was upset by the theft, is that it can still be repaired.