€7,500 lost bracelet makes surprise appearance
There's gold in them thar streets. Well, there is in Galway at least -- and it was very good news for a businessman's wife who lost an expensive bracelet.
Her husband had splashed out €7,500 on the white gold and diamond-encrusted bracelet three years ago. She wore it most recently to accompany her outfit for Ladies Day at the Galway Races on July 30.
The couple headed into Galway city after the enjoying the action at the Ballybrit track and enjoyed dinner in the city.
Shortly after returning home, the woman discovered that her special bracelet was missing.
The following morning her husband phoned the jewellery outlet to arrange for a valuation certificate for insurance purposes.
The owner of Claddagh Gold Jewellery, Niall McNelis, took the call, but had a surprise in store.
Just a short time earlier, he had been sweeping outside his shop and saw something twinkling behind a rubbish bin on Quay St.
He immediately recognised the bracelet from a special clasp which had been ordered to secure the piece.
The couple had eaten the previous night at a restaurant about 100 yards from the jewellery shop
"The man who bought it was flabbergasted -- he just couldn't believe it. What are the chances of that happening?" asked Mr McNelis yesterday.
"It was pretty scratched when I found it, so I can only presume that it was lost somewhere near the restaurant and carried down the street by the road sweeper," he said.