A football carried away by the tide at Clogherhead has been discovered across the seas on a beach in the Isle of Man.
When 11-year-old Caeoimhín Kirwin accidentally kicked his football into the water while playing at the beach in Clogherhead he thought that was the last he’d see of it as it disappeared off into the horizon.
But just a week later the ball washed up on the sand in front of a family on the Isle of Man who contact Duleek Schoolboys and Girls Football Club via their Facebook page after researching the logo on the ball and discovering it had travelled some 220km across the Irish Sea.
Caeoimhín’s Mum, Amy couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the post and realised that it was the ball they had lost at Clogherhead the previous weekend.
‘It’s just mad, I can’t get my head around it,’ Amy told the Drogheda Independent. ‘We thought it was gone and thought no more about it until we saw the Facebook post.’
Explaining how the ball had been lost she said: ‘We were out at the beach with my friend Rebecca whose parents have a mobile home in the Aisling Caravan Park in Clogherhead. We took a stroll down to the beach, myself Caeoimhín, my daughter Sadhbh and Rebecca’s three children. On the way down I bumped into another friend and I was chatting to her while the kids ran on ahead.
‘By the time we caught up with them the tide was way out and Sadhbh ran down to me to say Caeoimhín’s ball had gone into the water. He had ran down after it and tried to reach it in the water but luckily there was a lifeguard on duty who told him to leave it because the wind was strong,’ said Amy.
‘I was shaking because I couldn’t believe he had actually gone into the water after it. We went home with out the ball and thought no more of it. I was going to take a picture of the ball floating away and send it to my husband. I’m raging now I didn’t!
‘He had the ball because he played with the Duleek Arrows from when he was five up until they broke up recently. My husband was a coach with the team so we had some of the balls and kits,’ she explained.
The following Sunday Amy was amazed to see the post from a woman in the Isle of man who contacted the club after the ball washed up in front of her at Ballaugh beach in the Isle of Man.
‘I said to my husband that has to be Caeoimhín’s ball. I just couldn’t believe it had travelled all that way.’
The ball was still in perfect condition when it finished its journey, washing up on the Isle of Man shore after an epic 220km adventure.
Finder Nicola Quaye contacted the club after spotting U10 Duleek Arrows written in faded marker on the ball and discovering where they were based after doing some research.