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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Strangers raise €1k for hero tourist Joe

Hero tourist Joe Sheehan, who was robbed as he rescued a drowning a man has had almost €1,000 raised for him by strangers.

The American student came to national attention after diving into the Liffey two weeks ago to save a man, but unfortunately his phone and wallet containing his bank cards were stolen while he was in the water.

Three good Samaritans came to his rescue on July 18, and now strangers from around the world have put their hands in their pockets to help replace Joe's stolen items.

At the time of going to print the fundraising page on Crowd Rise had reached nearly €1,000 and the college student said he is "unbelievably grateful" for the donations.

Originally from Nebraska, the engineering student had been studying abroad in London and decided to visit Dublin for one day.

The Herald was also contacted by strangers wishing to help the American man and pay for a return trip for him to Ireland.

When asked about the fundraising page Joe said he "could not believe it".

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He will be using the cash to replace the items that were stolen from him in Dublin but any money left over he is donating to a charity in his home state of Nebraska.

The aim was to raise $500 (€370) and anything "past" that will be given to ALS in the Heartland, a non-profit organisation helping people with Lou Gehrig's disease.

The drive has been organised by his fraternity, Phi Delta, in America.

jfegan@herald.ie

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