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Saturday 16 December 2017

'This time I'll make sure it doesn't fall off' - Man reunited with wedding ring he lost 17 years ago

Declan Whearty reunited with his wedding ring - 17 years later (Photo: Pat Moore)
Declan Whearty reunited with his wedding ring - 17 years later (Photo: Pat Moore)

Zainab Boladale

A man has been reunited with his wedding ring which he lost 17 years ago, all thanks to the power of social media.

Roisin Gilroy from St.Canice’s Credit Union in Kilkenny said that she was looking through the lost and found section when she found a wedding ring.

She didn't know what to do with the ring, so decided she would post about it on Facebook and Instagram.

"We’re currently expanding into the next building and I was going through a box upstairs which had lost property in it left there from many years ago," she said.

"I came across a ring that had the names and date ‘Declan and Margaret 1994’ on it and my first thought was that it was a wedding ring.

"I decided not to throw it out but instead put up a Facebook and Instagram post requesting if anyone knew who the original owners were. Someone tagged the owner's wife and asked if she recognised it," she said.

"The following morning, the husband, Declan Whearty came into the credit union with a ring which had the full date of his wedding to verify that he was the owner and that it was the same one he had lost it 17 years ago.

"He had made an attempt to look for it by putting out an ad on the radio but because social media wasn't big back then, many people didn't know," she continued.

"It’s a little bit of a mystery as to how it ended up in the Credit Union branch as he lost it on the other side of town outside the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club all those years ago, but I suppose someone must have brought it into us because we’re located in the centre of the community.

"Many have said to the couple that the found wedding ring is actually a sign of good luck and that they ought to renew their vows, I don’t know if they will but they’re happy to have the ring back," Roisin added.

Declan has been married for the past 23 years to his wife, Margaret.

"Over the years I thought about buying a new one but it would not have been the same. It is great to have the ring back and this time I will make sure it doesn't fall off," he told the Kilkenny People.

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