The power of radio – girl & teddy reunited

A little girl was reunited with her favourite toy called “pink teddy” on C103’s Cork Today programme this week.

Four year old Clodagh Parker from Youghal, Co. Cork had been on a family trip to Dublin Zoo last Sunday with her mum Lorraine, dad Darragh and her baby brother when the family discovered that the little girl’s prized toy ‘pink teddy’ on an adventure of it’s own.

“We tried everything to find the toy”, Lorraine told C103’s Patricia Messinger on Thursday, August 7th. The family had used social media to find out where teddy was, with a Facebook appeal and even trending on Twitter under the hashtag helpgetpinkteddyhome, but it was on the airwaves of C103 that the breakthrough happened.

Listener Con Sheehan, from Newtwopothouse, outside Mallow, Co Cork had seen the story covered on the Irish Mirror and then heard the appeal on C103 and put two and two together.

Con had also been in Dublin Zoo on a trip with a photography group on the same day and spotted “pink teddy” on the ground and picked it up. He called the show to tell Lorraine that the teddy’s adventures were over and indeed, the toy hadn’t been that far away at all.

They say everyone knows everyone in Ireland and Lorraine’s sister works in a shop very near Con’s home so “pink teddy” was safely reunited with his delighted owner within hours.

A ring was also reunited with its owner after a similar appeal on RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline programme last Friday afternoon.

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