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A woman that has the “power of social media” that have led to the identification of in just one hour the three cheerful Irish tourists whose picture she had recently snapped in New York’s Times Square.
On May 12, Christina Boniello, New Jersey, took to Twitter to share a humorous story, The Irish Sun reports.
“When I was in the city last week, these three Irish asked me to take a picture of them, but none of them had phones. “You take the picture and we find it ever’ [they said:] so if by some strange turn of events everyone knows that these guys are, here is the picture,” the 23-year-old wrote, online.
Her post quickly racked up nearly 15,000 likes and 6,000 shares of amused readers.
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Incredibly, fellow Twittizens were able to identify the men within an hour, The Sun reports. They are now with the name Sean Tighe, Bernie Waldron and John Devanney of Ballyhaunis in County Mayo.
“I was just in New York City for non-related things, and I was taking a photo of a billboard,” the photographer told the outlet. “And all of a sudden these three guys just lined up in front of me and began to pose trying to get my attention, and in New York City you tend to look down and ignore if you don’t know people.”
“But they have my attention, and as soon as New Yorkers hear an accent, they tend to be a little nicer,” she continued.
Tighe, Waldron and Devanney allegedly asked the woman to take a picture with her mobile phone, as the trio of travelers do not have a phone or a camera of their own to them in time.
Surprised, Boniello held and was even more confused when she declared that the image would “find its way to us at a particular time” and that they didn’t have to send it their way.
Take matters into your own hands and asking the social media community if by “a strange turn of events everyone knows that these guys are,” Boniello was shocked when the photo went viral, and that all three of the tourists were identified shortly after they are posted.
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“I can’t believe the attention that the tweet has gotten!!! Just glad it made the way back to them,” she told the Irish Independent. “I certainly never expected! Just amazes me how quickly it spreads half way across the world to find these guys.”
“I am blown away and honestly so happy with the power of social media,” she later tweeted.
Commenters also were largely very happy with the story of the happy ending.
“I’ve just sent to one of them. Hilarious,” one user wrote.
“This is the most Irish thing ever,” another joked.
“The love that they asked for you to take the picture and doesn’t have a phone between them. We need more people like this,” a agreed.
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“Six degrees of separation but in Ireland, it is about two degrees max,” another commenter cracked. “I love their confidence in the statement that they would find in the photo, and not on the right! Well done for!”
In similar headlines, in April, the “magic” of social media and connected an American tourist with the family that they spontaneously photographed about an hour before Notre Dame went up in flames on Monday in Paris.