A list of a heap of Christmasy things to do around Donegal this year:
Pablo the eskimo (an expensive Christmas oranment) was stolen from Bundoran, but the theives had a change of heart and returned it. A case of goodwill after a bad deed, or scared the Gardai were closing in?
... Pablo the painter and worth €3,000, with Santa Park boss Michelle Wilmot in Bundoran, Co Donegal. Pablo was recovered shortly before midnight on Thursday following a phone call by one of its "kidnappers" to Michelle at her home in Bundoran.
She followed the caller's directions and found Pablo, covered with waterproof wrapping, near public toilets at St Aidan's Catholic Church, five kilometres away in Kinlough, Co Leitrim.
His left hand was broken and lay alongside him in the package, but Michelle said it was possible to repair the figure.
The discovery ended a five-day search for Pablo after youths broke into the Bundoran Santa Park, and took the eskimo away from the toy he was painting in a scene along with three other helpers at the entrance to the Santa grotto.
"The thieves must have felt the heat was on after all the publicity. I got the call from a man -- he sounded quite young -- and he told me where to go. I told him I was glad they were returning the figure and I hoped they realised that what they did was very wrong.
"There was a message with Pablo saying they were mortified by what they did, that it was a drunken prank that got out of control. They offered to make a donation to the charity which benefits from the park, Irish Autism Action," said Michelle ...