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Julianne Ni Laoire and boyfriend John O’Brien recently came to the aid of three travelers who had inadvertently overstayed their visas.
While waiting at the airport in Surat Thani the kind couple noticed Sorcha Cotter, Maeve Nevin Maguire and Nicole Yap in distress at the airport. The three students from UCC only discovered that they had overstayed their entry visas to Thailand as they were due to leave to continue their travels to Malaysia. Each of the girls faced a charge of 500 baht for each of the seven days they had been in the country illegally. When they were unable to raise the money immigration told them they would be taken to the police station.
Showing obvious signs of distress the girls scrabbled around to try to raise the funds, phoning family and friends, when they could not reach anybody who could help the girls sat down and cried next to Julianne who immediately recognized them as fellow countrymen.
Once the girls had calmed down and explained the situation it turned out they were only ten Euros short of the fine they needed to pay to exit the country. An amount Julianne and her boyfriend were happy to pay. The girls later discovered their saviours have mutual friends in common on Facebook. “From the bottom of our hearts we are so grateful for their kindness” posted Sorcha Cotter.