A couple whose car was stolen on the first day of their holiday to Ireland sail home today happy after a Herald campaign led to the recovery of their Opel Astra.
Sebastian Smulders (33) from Berlin, and Lena Weiss (24) from Vienna, said they could not believe their bad luck turned around so quickly.
"It was strange seeing the car again because we have been without it for so long, but it is certainly great to have it back," said Sebastian.
"Everyone has been so selfless and generous, we will definitely come back to Dublin again," he added.
The young couple had parked their 2007 Astra in the car park of Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street last Tuesday week when it was stolen, along with all their belongings and passports.
But just hours after our story on their plight was printed and picked up by other media outlets the Herald got a call from a man who saw the car parked on Simmons Place, Summerhill, off the North Circular Road.
Opel Ireland also saw the story and decided to help Sebastian and Lena by offering to repair their car and fill the tank with petrol for their journey home today.
"We're happy to have been in a position to help Sebastian, Lena and their Astra before they return to Germany," said Dave Sheeran, managing director of Opel Ireland.
As well as having dinner on Opel in the city centre last night, Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh also invited Sebastian and Lena to the Mansion House for a visit.