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treasured image Trainee teacher appeals for help finding lost locket with her late father's photograph

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Sorcha Heron's lost pendant

Sorcha Heron's lost pendant

Sorcha Heron's lost pendant

AN appeal has been made for the return of a treasured locket featuring a tragic GAA hero.

Carlow captain Andrew Corden was tragically killed in May 2002.

Andrew (24) was driving a forklift in the town late one night, but it toppled over and caused him fatal wounds.

His loving daughter Sorcha was aged only two when the tragedy occurred and has carried a picture of her dad in a gold locket in memory of him.

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Sorcha and her dad Andrew

Sorcha and her dad Andrew

Sorcha and her dad Andrew

But the student teacher unfortunately lost the locket when a chain on her neck snapped as she was on her way to college in Dublin.

“I had just got off at Tara Street and I was going down the road when I felt the chain slipping,” said Sorcha, who lives in Kilbarrack.

"So I parked myself, took off my jacket and started looking on my person and the locket part was gone.

“I retook my steps and went back up as far as the station and I just couldn’t see it on the path. So I presumed then it fell off on the Dart.

“It was around my neck and he chain had snapped so it was broken in the middle. I was listening to music so I didn’t hear it drop unfortunately.”

Sorcha, who is a student teacher in St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra, says the locket has no real monetary value but she’d like it back for sentimental reasons.

“I had it at least seven or eight years. I had another one, when my dad passed I had a silver one and of course I was very young when I had that,” she explains.

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Sorcha Corden

Sorcha Corden

Sorcha Corden

“It was replaced by the gold one I had. My mam put the picture in it.”

Her parents met when they were both quite young

“My mam is from Raheny and he met my dad in Kerry,” she reveals. “They were both on their holidays and they met at a rollerdisco.

"They started going out, she was in Dublin and he was in Carlow. They were probably only together about three months when she found out he was carrying me.”

Sorcha, who has a five-year-old brother, John, from his mum Una’s later relationship, has no memory of her dad.

“I was only aged two when he passed away,” she reflects “When the accident happened it really shook the community.

"He was 24 when it happened and everyone was really upset. I think he had just played his last match five days prior.

“Even still, for his tenth anniversary of his death, the team he was on played [another] team that was around then. They still do things to commemorate his memory, which is lovely.”

She adds: ““He would have been 22 and my mam was 19 when they had me.

"I was only two when he died. His whole family is there, so I go down every holiday, except for the coronavirus. I stay with my grandparents.

“I don’t have any memories at all of his. So the locket was always a way of carrying him with me, that I always have a photo of him.

“There’s no monetary value, it’s just sentimental and something I’ve carried for a long time.”

· Anyone with info can tweet Sorcha at Corden_Sorcha

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