Man leaves Euro tickets in airport

A man left three tickets for Euro 2012 at the Dublin Airport Friday morning. (Antonio...

A man left three tickets for Euro 2012 at the Dublin Airport Friday morning. (Antonio Bronic/Reuters/Files)

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, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

Passport? Check. Change of underwear? Check. Tickets to Euro 2012? Oops.

Officials at the Dublin Airport are crediting social media with helping reunite a soccer fan with tickets for Euro 2012 after Damian Coughlan left them behind in a store while waiting for his flight to Poland.

Coughlan accidentally left three tickets in Champion Sports at 10 a.m. Friday morning while he was buying an Irish flag to take with him to the European Football Championships. His tickets were for games between Ireland and Croatia, Spain and Italy.

Store employee Chris Brannigan found the tickets and immediately contacted Dublin Airport police.

Because Coughlan had bought the tickets using his father's credit card, police searched the airport for an Oliver Coughlan, not Damian. Unaware he had left his tickets behind, Damian didn't respond to announcements in the airport and boarded his plane.

The Dublin Airport tweeted about the tickets, while Champion Sports put it up on their website. The news quickly spread throughout the world.

After about an hour, the airport tweeted asking people to stop calling them to buy the tickets -- they wanted to get them back to their rightful owner.

Damian's mother heard her son had left his tickets behind and called airport police.

As luck would have it, Damian's friend, Ronan Davis, was taking a later flight to Poland. Police gave Davis the tickets to give to his friend.

"Dublin Airport Authority is delighted to have been able to help reunite Damian with his missing tickets," the airport's public affairs director Paul O'Kane said in a release. "I spoke to Damian earlier today, and he is absolutely thrilled that we have managed to get his tickets back to him."


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