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UPSET: RTE host Keelin Shanley has been hunting for her wedding ring since giving it to a Dublin beggar by mistake

UPSET: RTE host Keelin Shanley has been hunting for her wedding ring since giving it to a Dublin beggar by mistake

 Keelin Shanley's wedding ring

Keelin Shanley's wedding ring

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UPSET: RTE host Keelin Shanley has been hunting for her wedding ring since giving it to a Dublin beggar by mistake

RTE broadcaster Keelin Shanley is on the hunt for her wedding ring which she accidentally gave to a beggar.

The early morning TV presenter fears the ring has ended up in a pawn brokers or jewellers.

Mrs Shanley said she believes she threw the ring into a beggar's cup in a handful of small change last week.

She had been on her way home from an afternoon in Dublin city with husband Conor Ferguson and two children when she stopped to talk to the homeless person on Camden Street on New Year's Eve.

The Prime Time and Morning Edition presenter didn't realise the ring was gone until she got home.

"I just find that sometimes you take your rings off because they are aggravating you or you've got soap under them or whatever.

"I put it into my purse and then we were going out with the kids to see the Festival Of Light in Stephen's Green and I emptied the purse into my coat pocket," she said.

"Coming home we passed this guy at the bank machine on Camden Street, I was getting money out of the ATM, and I emptied the pocket into his cup and I think the ring went with it," she said.

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"HE WOULD HAVE HAD NO IDEA THAT I WAS PUTTING A RING IN AT THE TIME, IT'S CERTAINLY NOT HIS FAULT BUT IT'S THE ONLY PLACE I CAN THINK THAT IT IS AT THIS POINT," KEELIN ADDED..

"He was from the Walkinstown area I think. He was a lovely man, we chatted with him for a while about Christmas and New Year."

She said she realised the ring was missing on New Year's Day and has been back to the spot at the bank in the hope of finding the man but to no avail.

"I am upset about it. You feel a bit stupid," she said.

Mrs Shanley, who married Conor in January 2000, said she doesn't think she'll get the ring back, but has been scouring pawn shops in the city in the hope it might turn up.

She is staying philosophical about her loss, saying it would have been worse if it was her engagement ring that had gone missing.

"That was given to me by my mum. The wedding ring can be replaced but the engagement ring can't," she added.

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