A grandmother spoke of her relief after her missing 12-year-old grandson returned safe and well.
Ann Moorehouse (48) said she was utterly relieved when gardai told her that grandson Ned had walked into a garda station in Dublin after being missing for eight days.
Ned Connors Cash (below), who lives with his grandmother in Booterstown in Dublin, went missing last Saturday week in Bray after meeting a number of friends.
"I didn't get any sleep while he was gone. I was getting worse and worse with worry as the days went by," said the grandmother who is also his guardian.
There had been sightings of the missing boy in Greystones and other parts of Wicklow but Mrs Moorehouse became increasingly worried.
Ned, a member of the Traveller community, told her he had been in the company of a number of older friends and they had being spending time travelling around and sleeping in tents.
"Ned was in Gorey (Co Wexford) when he was told that his photo was in the newspapers," she told the Herald.
"He was told to go home. I don't know who put him on the train in Gorey but he walked into Pearse Street garda station in Dublin yesterday and the guards contacted me.
"The guards brought me to Blackrock garda station to pick him up."
Ned's first words to her grandmother were: "Sorry Nanny. I'll never do it again."
"Everyone was praying for him and my mother was lighting candles for him," she said.
"I've taken away his Facebook privileges," said Mrs Moorehouse, who lives with her three children and four grandchildren.
She said Ned will be going back training with the local Monkstown Farm Boxing Club where he is one of the most promising young boxers.
"He told me he was with friends from Bray and Tallaght. I was too excited to sleep last night but I'm looking forward to finally getting a bit of rest," she said.