A RAHEEN taxi driver is being hailed a good samaritan after he found a wallet, containing €1,000 in cash, and returned it to its owner following an appeal on radio.
Student Laura Monaghan, 24, left the white wallet on the roof of her car before driving away from the Crescent Shopping Centre where she had been shopping with her mother last week.
The Sligo native, who this week begins her graduate medical degree at UL, only realised her wallet was missing when she arrived back at her apartment in Castletroy.
Laura and her mother tried to retrace their steps in an effort to locate the wallet but to no avail.
After hearing about her misfortune, Laura’s devestated father, Eugene, made an emotional appeal for the return of the wallet on Live 95FM’s Limerick Today programme.
He explained how his daughter, who has a law degree, decided a number of years ago that she wanted to study medicine.
He said she has worked a number of different jobs in the meantime to save up the money needed to pay for her college fees and accommodation in Limerick.
Amazingly, the wallet was returned to Laura the following day after it was found by John Fitzgerald who has been a taxi driver for almost 20 years.
“I was coming back from B&Q and I came down to Ballyclough Roundabout and in the middle of the road there was a purse. Two or three cars had passed it out and I said I had better pull in because it kind of looked full,” he said.
“So I pulled up, put the purse in my car, opened it and there was a large sum of money in it,” he added.
John explained how there was nothing to identify the owner of the wallet but that it did contain a number of receipts from shops in Sligo.
He said had planned to hand the wallet over to gardai that day before his wife told him about the appeal on Live 95FM.
After being told live on air that the wallet had been found, an emotional Eugene Monaghan said he was delighted.
“I am thrilled, I can’t believe and this just goes to show that there are still decent people out there and it is brilliant.
Meanwhile, a modest John Fitzgerald said he was just glad to help
“Life is about being honest and helping each other out in these difficult times. I wouldn’t like my own daughter to lose €1,000 because it is a lot of money in recession times,” he said.
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