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Monday 21 October 2019

Ring's alarm bells rang when phone went missing

Lise Hand

Poor Michael Ring got a right scare on Tuesday night when his mobile phone vanished while he was attending a do in the Mansion House.

The junior sports minister was at an Olympics Ireland bash and was having a grand time of it rubbing shoulders with all sorts of sports celebs such as our gold- medal Olympian Katie Taylor and Chairman of the London 2012 Games, Sebastian Coe.

When it came to his turn to make a speech, Michael considerately left his iPhone on his table so there'd be no annoying interference with the mic.

But when he got back to his seat, he discovered to his horror that his mobile had gone walkies. Cue anguish and angst. Ringer was ringless.

"I thought I was in terrible trouble," he said the following day. "I don't know anybody's number, not my wife's or my own constituency office. I was afraid that someone had made off with it," he confessed. And someone had – sort of. Irish Sports Council chief and former Olympian John Treacy had spotted the phone and assumed that the minister had left without it, and took it for safe-keeping.

Eventually, Michael and his phone were joyfully re-united, but the Mayoman had learned his lesson. He promptly bought a little red book and wrote in some key phone numbers. Such as that of his wife, presumably. Oh, and his other boss, Enda, of course.

Irish Independent

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