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Here's how a lovely family photo lost on a Dublin Bus was successfully returned thanks to Twitter

Well played, everyone.

faithallow Source: RollingNews.ie

“I WAS ACTUALLY standing downstairs waiting for my stop when I saw it lying on the ground. The thought of it getting trampled and lost forever was terrible, you know?”

Last week, Twitter user @AHoonter was on the 37 Dublin Bus when she came across a lovely old photo of two women.

She immediately thought it was worth keeping

thanksto Source: @AHoonter

So she went on Twitter with a plea to Dublin Bus:

I’m after finding this wallet photo of two lovely ladies on the floor of a 37 idk where to post it to try and find the owner, going to try Facebook but wonder if someone on twitter might know what I should do to get it back!

Even the look of the photo told @AHoonter it was a special memory and that it’s worth the effort to return to its rightful owner, as she tells DailyEdge.ie:

It’s a personal photo of two women smiling, and the photograph itself looked considerably aged (there was plenty of yellowing on the back) so it must have been taken care of by someone up until it was in my hands.
It also reminded me of a family photo that was somewhat similar that my mam lost a few years ago and she was absolutely devastated.

Dublin Bus got on board with the search – sticking posters up in their head office and beyond

Eventually, the original tweet got a response from someone who claimed ownership of the shot – it turned out to be @MaddieFozard’s mam:

This is my mum on the right and my great aunty!
My mum has one of the photos here in the UK and this photo belongs to my Nana’s cousin in Ireland!
Thank you so much for finding the photo! Sadly my great aunt in the photo passed way 30 years ago so the photo is very sentimental, also just to let you know the photos on it’s way to my great aunty!

Success.

Yesterday, Dublin Bus confirmed that the photo had been safely returned – calling it a “Christmas miracle”

@AHoonter was taken aback that such a long shot actually worked out for everyone involved:

Since they are a big company I really was surprised that they stepped in like they did, it was a profoundly kind gesture.
I honestly didn’t really expect posting this on Twitter would give it the coverage for it to reach its owner though I wasn’t sure what else to do so I’m overjoyed that it made it back to its owner!

A Christmas miracle indeed.

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