You’ll all have seen the video by now. Early on Bank Holiday Monday morning, a group of men uprooted a bunch of plants outside Kearney’s shop on Castle Street. Shortly after, a young man jogging past stopped and out them back. It’s been seen 29,000 times and shared hundreds of time. It’s a viral sensation, relatively speaking.
Kearney’s have invited their Good Samitaran – quickly identified online by friends and family as Eimhin Keenan – to come in and accept a store voucher by way of thanks but with college commitments in Dublin, Eimhin hasn’t had a chance to pop just yet.
Eimhin, who graduated from Ardee Community School in 2015 and now studies Occupational Therapy at Trinity College, has been praised online by locals who have heralded his good nature and community spirit – for stopping in his tracks to replace the plants back in their planter along the front of the shop.
He came across the strewn, misplaced plants over an hour after they had been removed but despite not knowing how they’d got there, Eimhin stopped anyway and popped them back in. It was a small gesture but one that has been well received not only in Ardee – but nationally too.
The CCTV footage has gone viral online – appearing not only in local news but on social media channels of national TV shows such as Ireland AM – with appeals being made to track down and identify the Good Samaritan, but locally, everyone knows it’s Eimhin.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie today, Eimhin – who also lines up alongside his brother Conor for the Ardee St Marys senior team – said he found the whole thing “gas” and added that he thought nothing of it at the time.
The shop also confirmed on Tuesday that the culprits responsible for originally uprooting the plants had called into the shop, apologised to staff and offered to pay for any damages occurred.
This isn’t the first time some on-street CCTV in Ardee has caught some flower pot tomfoolery. Last year, close circuit footage from outside O’Brien’s Stationery on Irish Street caught a lorry driver pulling up outside the store early in the morning before brazenly stealing too pull flower pots – loading them into his cab and driving off.
After the image was shared widely across social media platforms, the flowers pots returned.
CCTV in Ardee has developed a bit of a reputation for capturing viral-worthy material either. Last September, cameras outside Hamills pub in Ardee caught the extraordinary coverage of a lorry shedding bales of straw and causing serious damage on Bridge Street – bringing down a telephone pole and smashing windows and doors in of nearby buildings. Over 1,500,000 people have viewed that video.