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Aoife McGough and her husband Kevin O’Brien in Sri Lanka in one of the photos that was missing.

Aoife McGough and her husband Kevin O’Brien in Sri Lanka in one of the photos that was missing.

Aoife McGough and her husband Kevin O’Brien in Sri Lanka in one of the photos that was missing.

A KIND-hearted man who used Facebook in a bid to reunite a couple with photos from their dream holiday saw his quest go global when more than 12,000 people took up the cause.

Noel Burke managed to track down the couple who had lost pictures from their holiday in Sri Lanka – and reunited them with some old friends in the process.

Mr Burke, who runs a T-shirt printing business in Galway, came across the memory stick containing the photos on Eyre Square, only yards from a studio run by Aoife McGough – the rightful owner of the images.

He posted a message on Facebook including an image of the couple and asked anyone who might know them to get in touch.

Within a matter of hours his message had been shared 12,463 times.

"I found the memory stick last Thursday and thought the easiest thing to do was post it on Facebook. By Friday morning, Kevin had contacted me and I was able to drop the pictures into Aoife. I couldn't believe it when I saw the numbers who had shared the message, I thought if I got 20 shares I'd be doing well," he said.

Ms McGough and husband Kevin O'Brien had not even been aware the images had been lost until contacted by friends online.

"Kevin was checking on Facebook on Thursday night and asked me had I lost the memory card because he was getting messages from loads of friends. I said no but when I checked my bag it was missing after all," she said.

The couple received messages and calls from friends in South African, Korea and America alerting them to their missing memories.

Ms McGough, who is originally from Dublin, said she was overwhelmed.

"It's been lovely really, knowing there is so much good feeling out there," she said.

Irish Independent