GAA gong is found after 17yrs.A FORMER hurling hurling, outdoor ball and stick game similar to field hockey (see hockey, field). The national pastime of Ireland, it was played for many centuries before the Gaelic Athletic Association standardized the rules in 1884. star could not believe his luck when his prized GAA medal was discovered 17 years after it was stolen - in Australia.
Eagle-eyed Aidan Rice, originally from Warrenpoint Co Down, spotted the medal in an antiques shop on Australia's Gold Coast.
It was lost when burglars targeted Jim Kehoe's Wexford home in 1986.
The solid gold medal gold medal
traditional first prize. [Western Cult: Misc.]
See : Prize was won with Wexford club Geraldine O'Hanrahan in 1966.
But 17 years after it was stolen it has resurfaced - and its all thanks to a keen-eyed expatriate.
He said: "I knew somebody owned it back home and would appreciate me returning it to them."
Jim said he was amazed a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. that the medal had turned up, adding: "It was a big surprise to have got a phone call after all these years. I thought it was gone forever.
"We have arranged to meet up later this week and I can't wait to get my hands on the old medal again."
JOY: Aidan with medal yesterday