THE case of Castletownbere’s missing Batman came to a happy ending this week.
An appeal had been raised by Polish woman Agnes Stefanska, a resident of the town, after her son Max left his Batman toy – a present from his grandmother – behind him in the town’s St Vincent de Paul charity shop.
Not long after Agnes and seven-year-old Max had left the shop, the toy was mistakenly sold and was gone they returned.
Agnes was moved to write a letter begging for help after the incident had left her son in tears.
‘He has not stopped crying since he realised it was gone,’ she wrote.
‘PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you bought this toy today can I buy it back from you, my child is so upset,’ Agnes pleaded.
Within hours an ‘APB’ (All Points Bulletin) went out from the West Cork fishing town to try and track down the missing toy when news of its disappearance reached social media.
While there was a wide-ranging sharing of Agnes’s letter on websites and Facebook pages, and its offer to buy the toy from whoever had purchased it in the shop, as yet nobody came forward.
Thankfully, the situation has now been resolved as a replacement Batman has been sourced, much to the satisfaction of Max and his mother, thanks to the generosity of Ber Nason.
‘Batman don’t come back, but here is new Batman!’ Agnes related in a Facebook message.
‘This is a present from an amazing woman with a big heart, Ber Nason!’