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Thursday 8 December 2016

Cyclist Orla searches for Samaritan Conor after fall

Orla Doogue, Dollymount, who is trying to find the man who helped her after she fell off her bike on the way to work. Picture: Arthur Carron
Orla Doogue, Dollymount, who is trying to find the man who helped her after she fell off her bike on the way to work. Picture: Arthur Carron

Are you the Herald reader who helped a fallen cyclist on Wednesday morning in Clontarf?

If so, the delighted and thankful pedal-pusher would like to give you a present for being so thoughtful.

Orla Doogue (25) was on her way to work in the city centre when she skidded on a grass verge and had a tumble off her trusty bike.

The fall left her rear tyre flat and her body bumped and bruised.

As the Dollymount damsel was walking along the Clontarf Road with her battered bike a knight in shining armour, driving a blue Toyota Avensis estate, came to her rescue.

"He asked me if I needed a hand and told me that he would drop me and my bike up to the closest bike shop.

"I got into the car with him and he took me to two bike shops," Orla explained.

"He said he hoped I wouldn't be late for work and I asked him his name and he said it was Conor," said Orla.

Orla had spotted that there was a child seat in the back of the car and a child's pink scooter in the boot.

Crucially, there was a copy of the Herald on the seat when she got in, and Orla is hoping that Conor might see this story today and get in touch.

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"So at the end of it all, the only thing I know about this man is that he is a Herald reader named Conor and he drives a navy blue Toyota Avensis," Orla explained.

Orla is now back on her bike and thankfully not injured after her fall.

Avid cyclist Orla later took part in a National Bike Week lunchtime cycle.

"There was all sorts of events and categories. I even won a spot prize for the fanciest helmet," said Orla.

"I won a Waterford Crystal-sponsored lunch, a guided tour and some vouchers," she added.

"As a gesture of appreciation I would like to pass my prize to Conor. I would not have earned it if it wasn't for him. I hope I can track him down now," she said.

If you know Conor, or if you are Conor and you are reading this article, you can contact the Herald at cfeehan@independent.ie and we can put you in touch with Orla.

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