Friday 15 December 2017

Snowman returned after a blizzard of publicity

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

IT IS a swell ending to the story of a missing 60ft-tall inflatable snowman that blew up around the world.

Snowy has been restored to his former glory after a week of being missing, an ordeal that left him somewhat deflated.

Snowy disappeared from Fitzwilliam Square in Wicklow town on Sunday last week, sparking a major snowman-hunt and online campaign.

The inflatable decoration was the centrepiece in the square as part of its Victorian Christmas Festival – organised by Wicklow's historic Gaol.

A 'Help Find Snowy' Facebook page was set up – with users jokingly posting sightings of the snowman around the world from the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China.

But Snowy miraculously reappeared in the centre of the town with a note that said "sorry".

"It seems to be alright. There hasn't been much damage, but he has all the battle scars of a pet that might have strayed for a week. There's a few scuffs," a spokesperson for Wicklow's Historic Gaol said.

Wicklow gardai received an anonymous call between 8.15am and 8.30am yesterday from a passer-by to say the missing snowman was back in Fitzwilliam Square.

Gda Anthony McHugh and Gda Neil Doyle then located an airless Snowy at the Halpin Monument in the centre of town.

He was returned to his rightful place on top of a local shop in the square – and despite some minor damage, was again fully inflated.

Martina Robinson, manager of Wicklow's Historic Gaol said she believed that the disappearance could have been the result of a prank and that "someone got scared" following the publicity that the disappearance received.

A garda spokesman confirmed that the incident was still under investigation.

Irish Independent

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