Wednesday 29 January 2020

Man reunited with wedding ring he lost at Croke Park one year ago

Frances and Thomas Dunne with the ring they found
Frances and Thomas Dunne with the ring they found

Tomas Heneghan

Dublin may be meeting Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final, but GAA rivalries have been set aside for the remarkable return of a wedding ring.

Kerryman Kevin Barry lost his wedding band at last year's All-Ireland final. Thankfully, a Coolock couple found the ring near the Hogan Stand and kept it safe for 12 months.

Determined to find the owner, Dubliners Frances and Thomas Dunne appealed to RTÉ radio host Ray D'Arcy to help them track down the owner.

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It was a happy ending for all involved when Kevin, a retired guard now living in Co Cork, heard the appeal.

"That is my ring. Lost in Croke Park on a very bad day for Kerrymen," he said.

"The All-Ireland senior football final of last year and I was in the low deck of the Hogan Stand."

Kevin said he had worn the ring for 44 years and was "really disappointed" and "annoyed" when he lost it last year.


"I didn't miss it until Tuesday morning.

"I was at home here, after shaving I was washing my hands and the next thing I discovered - no ring on the finger. I got on to my son and I told him the story," he explained.

Kevin's son had taken a photo of him and the group he was with last year as they made their way to Croke Park for the match.

When Kevin's son checked the photo after his father had told him about the lost ring, he noticed that Kevin was wearing the ring on the way into the stadium.

"Kerrymen are always excited on All-Ireland day, so I suppose I was fiddling around with my ring and my fingers were wet and it just slipped off my hand."

Initially, the couple agreed to meet Kevin at the All-Ireland Football Semi-Final between Dublin and Kerry. Later, they decided to make contact after the show to discuss the ring's return.

Irish Independent

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