An Irish girl’s gaelic football which was swept out to sea has been found washed up on a Welsh beach after a seven day journey spanning some 120 miles.
The 10-year-old owner was reunited with her lost ball after an appeal on social media by a concerned Welsh local was shared thousands of times.
Aoife Ni Niocaill thought she had seen the last of her Go Games football when it was lost to the sea last week.
But incredibly, the Irish Mirror reports, a local in the Welsh village of Llanrhystud found the ball washed up on a beach, and used Facebook to find the owner.
Aline Denton wrote: “If anyone knows Aoife Ni Niocaill, her football’s just washed up on Llanrhystud beach – west Wales. Wonder how long it’s taken to get here from Ireland?”
And as the post picked up thousands of likes and shares, Aoife’s dad Ruairi got in touch and revealed that the ball had been lost some seven days earlier.
The ball had travelled about 200 km around the coast of Wexford and then across the Irish Sea to land on the Welsh coast.
Responding to the social media post Ruairi Mac Niocaill said “I’m Aoife’s dad, she’s 10-years-old and she lost her ball on Woodstown Beach in Co. Waterford last Sunday.
“It went in the water as the tide was going out and all we could do was watch it drift away. I showed her the picture you posted – she thinks she’s famous now.”
The original poster added: “The post has reached Aoife’s dad. Aoife lost her football near Waterford 7 days ago. Thanks to everyone who shared the post.”