A St. Patrick's Day social media appeal has reunited a Tipperary man with the US tourist who photographed him and cousins as kids in 1984.

The man reached out after the American posted the 35-year-old snap on Facebook for St. Patrick's Day.

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Tipperary man TJ McInerney couldn’t believe it when he spotted himself, his cousins Gary and Thomas McInerney and friend Michael Cummins in a photo taken on Main Street in Cashel 35 years ago.

He told the Irish Mirror: “I was eight when the photo was taken. It’s unbelievable.”

Pamela Clare Charlesworth had posted the photo to Facebook on St Patrick’s Day in the hope of finding the four "cheeky chaps" she snapped while visiting Ireland way back in 1984.

Her appeal read: "They were curious, sweet, gregarious, a little mischievous, and chock full of cuteness! They begged me numerous times to take their picture, and when I finally did, this is how they posed. How adorable is that?"

McInerney said he spoke to Charlesworth on the phone last Tuesday and has invited her to visit his Tipperary bar in Mullinahone.

He said: “She was flabbergasted speaking to me and couldn’t believe the reaction the photo got online.”

The St. Patrick's Day Facebook post saw a massive response. Image: Getty

The St. Patrick's Day Facebook post saw a massive response. Image: Getty

The post has attracted over 1,100 likes with more than 600 comments and they are now set for a reunion in Ireland! 

"I have invited her over and will roll out the red carpet and will have the champagne flowing for Pamela when she visits 'TJ Mac’s' pub," McInerney said.

The photo went viral when Pamela revealed the boys kept asking her to chat to them because they wanted to hear her American accent and begged her to take their photo.

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She posted on Facebook: “The photo completely captures how I remember their personalities and I am so glad I took it and still have it in my possession.

“That was 35 years ago! I have often thought about those little boys over the decades and wondered what became of them.”

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A St. Patrick's Day social media appeal has reunited a Tipperary man with the US tourist who photographed him and cousins as kids in 1984.Facebook