A District Court Judge has ordered the disposal of a wedding ring found in Clonakilty almost two years ago after gardaí told him they were unable to reunite it with its owner.
At a recent sitting of Clonakilty District Court Insp Debra Marsh from Clonakilty Garda Station sought the disposal of the wedding band after she told Judge Colm Roberts that gardaí ‘had exhausted all avenues in attempting to find the owner.’
The wedding ring, which has an engraving of ‘BBD’ and a date on it was found by Gda Evan Horan while on the beat in Clonakilty on June 6th 2019.
Insp Marsh said that gardaí had used local radio and the local press, including The Southern Star, in publicising this case but no one came forward to claim the ring which was being held at the property stores at Bandon Garda Station.
Judge Roberts queried if the wedding ring would be destroyed but Insp Marsh said that it will be up to the Garda Commissioner to decide how to dispose of it.
This is the second time in as many years that a wedding ring has gone unclaimed, with one ring engraved with ‘I love you Sinead’ found in Dunmore Cove in 2019.
However, almost a year ago, one lucky man was re-united with his wedding ring, having lost it at The Warren beach four years previously.
Midleton native, Liam Goode, now living in Kildare, got his wedding ring back after an intense social media campaign. This was launched after Judge James McNulty held off ordering the disposal of the ring at Clonakilty District Court and asked both the media and the gardaí to ‘give it one more push’ before it was forfeited to the State.
Luckily, for Liam and his wife Sara, a friend of theirs, Síle spotted the Facebook post about the wedding ring found in West Cork on September 9th 2017, over a year after he lost it.