Eagle-eyed angler gets seal of approval

The eagle-eyed fisherman who plucked a wedding ring from the river Lee last week got a free eye test yesterday.

Not that Pat O’Flaherty needed it or anything. It was just Specsavers’ way of saying thanks to him for the free publicity they got last week thanks to his unusual catch.

Pat, 75, from Glasheen in Cork, found a man’s gold wedding band, complete with red box, in the river Lee last week. It has been valued at €400.

He compared his mysterious find to Specsavers’ quirky TV ad which shows a shortsighted woman flinging her engagement ring into a lake.

The story, which was front page news on the Irish Examiner, resulted in Pat being inundated with interview requests from a range of other media outlets.

And yesterday, Specsavers invited him in to their Wilton outlet to show off the ring, and to undergo a free eye test.

He passed with flying colours, needless to say.

“They put me in the chair and did all the tests and told me I have 20:20 vision,” Pat said.

“But I picked out a pair of glasses for driving and a pair of polaroids for the fishing.”

Despite the intense publicity surrounding Pat’s catch, and several inquiries from people around the country who have lost wedding rings, the owner of the river Lee ring has yet to be traced.

“Maybe he doesn’t want it back . . . and that’s fine too,” Pat said.

He plans to hold on to it for a few more weeks in the hope that it can be returned to its owner, but if it can’t, Pat said he will take up one of the many generous offers he has received and will probably auction the ring off for charity.

Ring riddle

* The second and third-class children in Catherine Callanan’s class in Knockraha, Co Cork, came up with the following suggestions as to how the river Lee ring came to be in the water:

* The ring floated from the wreckage of the Costa Concordia.

* A woman out walking along the river lost her husband’s ring.

* A gangster got hold of the ring in a pub and deposited it in the river.

* A dog stole it from its owner and dumped it in the river.

* A woman broke up with a man, returned her ring to him and then he threw his own ring into the river.

* A child took the ring from home. Was playing by the river and bye bye to the ring.

* A couple argued. The woman threw ring in river to get back at husband.

* A man was out walking. Another walker not looking where he was going shoved against first walker, bye bye ring. !

* A man bought the ring for his big day. On the way home he lost it. Somehow it ended up in the Lee.


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