IT was a once in a lifetime experience for Beyoncé fan and aspiring singer Rachel Prior, but the documentary evidence has been inadvertently deleted.
Rachel, 29, who lives in the city centre, sparked waves of envy at Beyoncé’s concert in Dublin last week when the star reached into the crowd and grabbed her hand, singing her hit song Halo at the time.
The Limerick girl handed her iPhone to friend to record the moment, but Rachel later discovered that the video had been deleted.
In a fit of desperation the singer with Limerick Gospel Choir took to the national airwaves last week, telling 2FM presenter Hector of her plight, in an attempt to find someone who could recover the footage from her phone.
“I went to show the video and photographs to someone and realised they were gone - I was shocked,” Rachel explained to the Limerick Leader.
“There must be some way of retrieving videos once you delete them,” she added.
“I went on to Hector’s show in the hope that he might be able to find someone to help me and there has been a massive response from people trying to help me and who were there and saw it.
“Even forensic recovery companies have been in touch with me saying they would like to help - it is like CSI at this stage,” she laughed.
Rachel was due to travel to Dublin to meet a data recovery expert today, so hope is not lost.
She credits Beyoncé with helping her in her own singing career.
“She is my idol and her belief in empowerment of women has helped me so much, that is why I love her,” she said.
“Hopefully one day Beyoncé will be asking me for my autograph or to support her!”