EDELE McGirr simply couldn’t hold back her tears of happiness when her cherished engagement ring, which had been stolen, found its way back to her in miraculous fashion.
The Omagh woman’s large, flower-shaped engagement ring of diamonds and blue sapphires was stolen from her locker at the Omagh Leisure Complex on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4.
Edele had been enjoying an afternoon swimming with her daughter, but realised the theft had taken place shortly after returning to her locker to collect all her belongings.
Opening up the zipped compartment of her handbag to put back on her jewellery, she was simply devastated when the sentimental ring – which had been given to her by her mother – wasn’t there.
“I cried and cried and cried because it was missing – it was the most horrible feeling ever,” Edele reflected. “It was my mum’s engagement ring, so it has real sentimental value and I have always loved it.
“She gave it to me because she wanted to see me wear it and enjoy it while she was still alive.”
The ring, however, miraculously turned up a few days later when two students from the Christian Brothers Grammar School, Caelon Donnelly and Manus Doyle spotted it lying on the scenic walkway between the Omagh Leisure Complex and the Omagh Bus Depot. Caelon picked it up and safely brought it home.
“Whoever took it must have dropped it or thrown it there – I was nowhere near that place,” Edele said.
“However, another couple of centimetres and it may never have been found. I am so thankful it didn’t land in the bushes around that area, otherwise it would have been gone forever.”
Caelon’s father, Mark Donnelly then realised that the engagement ring belonged to Edele after he happened to see an Ulster Herald Facebook post highlighting its theft.
Then he sent Edele a private message on Facebook telling her the good news – her stolen engagement ring was safe and sound, and would soon be proudly back on her finger.
“Words can’t describe how delighted I was when it was returned to me,” said Edele.
“I was in hysterical tears of happiness. No money can buy this ring – it’s not replaceable.
“It is a complete miracle that it my ring was found, but I feel like it was just meant to come back to me.
“My mum later told me of the amount of times she’d lost the ring when she owned it – but someway, somehow, it always returned. It’s like the ring knows it belongs in our family,” she concluded.