Message in a balloon drifts over to Scotland

by Sylvia Pownall

Two Balbriggan schoolgirls who sent a message in a balloon were bowled over when they got a reply … all the way from Glasgow.

Best pals Emma and Aine wrote a note on a napkin at a joint Communion/Confirmation party on Saturday, May 19, and sent it up in a balloon.

The 10-year-olds sought a distraction after they got bored at the function in the Bracken Court Hotel, so they wrote the note seeking new friends.

The note reads: “Hi. Our names are Aine and Emma, we are 10 years old and live in Balbriggan, County Dublin. We sent this balloon from the Bracken Court Hotel in hope that it makes lots of friends. If you find this napkin sign your name, the country you are from and the date and let it go for someone else to find. Yours sincerely, Emma and Aine.” 

Just two days later a man got in touch on Facebook to say his own little girls – one of whom is also called Emma – had found the note.

The update was posted on the Balbriggan Connected page, advising: “Sisters Emma, 10, and Poppy, 4 spotted a balloon caught in a phone line in Mount Vernon, Glasgow today.

“They could see something inside it, so they made Daddy get it down & this note was inside. Nuts or What!”

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