Kailey Dominique was able to find her father’s favorite Irish town using social media
Facebook and Tinder users helped American woman Kailey Dominique locate the Irish town her late father loved so well so she could spread his ashes there.
Speaking with Insider, Dominique said her father had said his 2001 trip to Ireland “was the trip of a lifetime.”
Dominique had some of her father’s photos from his trip, but she “never thought to ask where it was or who the people were before he passed away.”
In a series of posts that were shared on the Girls LOVE Travel public Instagram page, Dominique said she turned to the Girls LOVE Travel Facebook group “as a long shot” in hopes of identifying the Irish town.
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It is not always easy to explain the dynamics of the Girls LOVE Travel community. We are more than a Facebook group - more than talking about flight deals and trip suggestions - especially in moments like this... GLTer Kailey @kaileeesi made this post on GLT. She was seeking help to find the area that her late father had once visited so she could go and spread some of his ashes. With only 3photos and a couple stories, she did not have much to go off of. But once she posted the glt members were on the hunt!! It was pretty amazing to watch details unfold in the comments. 蘭 In less than 24hours from posting the location had been found and verified! 蘭 In less than 48hours - Kailey was even connected with the man her Dad once met and they were making plans to meet up Swipe to the right to listen to Kailey tell you all about this experience in 3 short videos. See a pic from the trip and a video of her releasing some of her father’s ashes in Ireland. Many thanks to the GLTers who were super sleuths and helped to make all this possible. xox ❤️✈️蘭 #gltLOVE / #gltSupport / #GLTerTales
She shared her father's three photographs and wrote:: “I’m going to Ireland to spread my dad’s ashes next week and there is a place in Ireland he fell in love with.
“A man named Clint fixed his rental car, fed him, took him in, and wouldn’t take a dime of his money for all he did.
“I have three photos of the place but no idea where in Ireland it is.”
In an equally kind and helpful gesture, one Irish woman named Mara updated her Tinder profile with Dominique’s father’s pictures.
Within 24 hours, a man on the dating app named Richard recognized the town and was able to identify the village as Kilmallock in Co Limerick.
"Mara is pure genius!" Dominique told Insider. "I had no idea she was doing that and cried so hard when she found it! I never would have thought of Tinder for this situation."
More amazingly, another girl in the Facebook group said she had family in Kilmallock and was able to get Dominique in touch with Clinton and Bridie, the people who were in her father’s photographs.
"I got to spend the day with the family and get to know them," she told Insider of her day with Clinton's family. "They spread my dad's ashes with me over the bridge by their house."
Dominique shared a touching Instagram post on her own page of her spreading her late father’s ashes in Kilmallock:
"When I first pulled into Kilmallock and saw the steeples of the church in person I cried," Dominique told Insider.
"Knowing this was the place that had such a huge impact on my dad was emotional. I understand why he fell in love. It's a beautiful village with the most beautiful people I've ever met."
Dominique’s story becomes even more amazing when Clinton revealed he still had a handwritten note Domonique’s father had given him all those years ago.
"My dad had left Clinton a note thanking him on one of his business cards and Clinton had kept it in his wallet for 18 years!" Dominique said.
"He gave it back to me. It was amazing seeing my dad's handwriting and knowing Clinton had kept it all those years."
"I've cried so much over the beauty of this," she said. "You don't often hear about the beautiful side of humanity so when something like this happens it's an incredible thing."
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