Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
By Dara Bradley
A Galway woman reunited a husband – a complete stranger – with his wedding ring that was lost for almost 10 years, just days before his tenth wedding anniversary . . . after she discovered the gold band hidden in her couch.
Tyrone man Charlie Rodgers married Galway girl Mary on April 20, 2001, but two months later he lost his wedding band. However, Charlie was reunited with the ring last week after Galway woman Etna Murphy, who didn’t even know the couple, tracked them down nearly ten years later when she found the ring in a sofa she had purchased from a charity shop.
The couple told the Ray Darcy radio show on Today FM that two months after their nuptials they thought Charlie may have lost the ring on a flight to or from Ireland and the United States.
Four years ago, a total stranger, Galway woman Etna, bought a green couch with gold lining underneath from the Saint Vincent de Paul shop in the city. She later moved in with her husband, Martin, and they upgraded their suite. Martin chopped up the old couch in the back garden and remarkably discovered the gold ring.
Etna had always intended to find the owner and left it in a cupboard until she could find the time to do some detective work. As the 10th anniversary was approaching, her mother and husband started nagging her and she eventually started to track down the owner.
The ring was engraved with ‘C and M’ and ‘April, 20 2001’, so she went to the births, deaths and marriages office to find out if did anyone with those initials married on that day 10 years ago, and eventually tracked them down.
To this day the couple don’t know how the ring went missing – they think it may have slipped off while Martin was sitting on the couch in a local hotel or bar.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.