Published Friday, 08 June 2012
Poznan, where the Republic of Ireland will play Croatia on Sunday in Euro 2012. (© Getty)
After a major hunt for the unfortunate footy fan over Facebook, Twitter and via the media, the tickets for games against Croatia, Spain and Italy will soon be on a flight to Poland to be reunited with their owner.
Dubliner Damian Coughlan was buying a flag to show support for his team when the 23-year-old left the tickets behind, in the airport's branch of Champion Sports on Friday morning.
Honest staff handed them over to airport police and the operation to track down the owner began - with the family eventually contacting the airport and Damian, no doubt, heaving a sigh of relief.
"I was just talking to Damian earlier and he's on a train to Poznan and he's thrilled that we have his tickets," Paul O'Kane, from Dublin Airport Authority, told UTV.
"A friend of his is here at the airport and he's travelling out to Poland later, so he's picking up the tickets from airport police."
The happy reunion means no last minute panic for Damian to get to see the Republic take on Croatia in Poznan on Sunday - but disappointment for the fans who had hoped to get the chance to buy the tickets.