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Generous: The Liberal has been inundated with offers of help for unfortunate tourists – even a free car!



As we reported this morning, two tourists arrived on our shores with all the brim of holiday-mode last week. On the first day of their holiday, Sebastian Smulders (33) from Berlin and Lena Weiss (24) from Vienna decided to see what Dublin’s fair city had to offer.

The parked their left-hand in Our Lady’s Of Lourdes car park on Sean McDermott’s St at 11am last Tuesday.

After sightseeing for the day, they returned to the car park where they wanted to drive to a campsite and continue their holiday.

Instead they found no car, and lost their passports, an iPad, their clothes and all camping gear.

A thousand welcomes…

Since our article was published this morning, between our Facebook pages and email addresses, The Liberal’s office hasn’t stopped hopping with offers to help the stricken pair.

The offers include, many houses to stay around the country, clothes, food, camping gear, a hotel room, and even a car from a gentleman named James “JimBob” McCormack (pictured) from Letterkenny, County Donegal.

James told The Liberal :
“I felt terrible when I read you article this morning, the Irish people are welcoming and generous people. I have a wee Suzuki alto here in Donegal , automatic , 1.0ltr , I would gladly give it to this couple to help them, don’t know if their insurance company would change policy now but it’s worth a shot”.

A hotel manager in Wexford told The Liberal :
“I’d gladly put the pair up for a night down here in Wexford, it’s vital these people leave Ireland with more happy memories than sad ones. Please pass on my mobile number for a complimentary nights stay and I’ll personally pick them up from the bus or train. Thank you.”

Many argue this is what social media truly is for – rest assured, The Liberal has contacted Sebastian Smulders with all the offers we’ve received and will pass on all relevant details.

The couple are here until Friday and said they will return again.


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