Left behind list

 

SHORTS:House keys, shoes and sunglasses are the top three things customers leave behind in a rental car according to a survey of over 40,000 car hires by Avis.

Cameras and camcorders come close behind in the top 10 list of forgotten items while passports, CDs and books are also frequently left, ahead of mobile phones and wallets, said Avis, announcing that from now on it will send all unclaimed items to Oxfam. Among the more unusual items left behind in Avis cars were the top tier of a wedding cake, a jewellery box full of valuables and a bottle of rare whisky.

“People can save themselves a lot of hassle by doing a final one-minute check of the car before handing it back,” says Mandy Young, marketing manager of Avis Ireland.

“Some people quite literally leave their lives behind. We’re delighted that some unwanted lost and found items can now help charity.”

Fishy on Achill

Take a seaweed safari on Achill Island in July and enjoy free oyster tastings, a sandcastle competition and a cookery session with Ross Lewis of Michelin starred Chapter One restaurant. It’s all part of Achill Island Seafood Festival from July 14th to 17th. Lewis takes the stage on July 16th to cook some of the 34 species of fish found around Achill.

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