On Monday 11 February 2013 Gussie Shanahan will be 13 years missing. The sad fact is that despite all the efforts of so many people and so much publicity he continues to be missing and presumed dead at this stage. I have no doubt that there are people who have information that could end this nightmare for his family and friends. His family are still hoping that at some point someone will come forward with precise information that will enable them to locate Gussie's remains and to have a funeral rite for him.
If you are the person who has that information, end the silence and come forward.
When a missing person's appeal is made to the public, search units will as a matter of routine search in water and on land. The unit's presence on either water or land should not be assumed by members of the public that the missing person being searched for is in one place or the other.
We are appealing to all members of the public who may see a water search in operation to continue to keep an eye open for the missing person on land, we have posted this notice as we feel search activity on the water can leave the public thinking that the person is not alive and on land. Please share this important notice with all your friends it may well save the life of a missing person. Thank you for your assistance in spreading this message.
Missing Persons Search and Recovery
Our search of the river Lee concluded today when the body of the person we were searching for was located and recovered. We would like to thank all who helped in the search. A special word of thanks to Garda Sergeant Aidan O Connell for his professionalism in co-ordinating the search and to the Port of Cork for all their help.
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. May he rest in peace.
The title holders of Young Social Innovators of the Year 2012 from Davis College, Mallow, Co. Cork, were invited today to Áras an Uachtaráin by President Michael D Higgins to be personally congratulated by him on their award-winning and outstanding efforts to help the families and communities of missing people in Ireland. See details.
Many thousands of Missing Persons reports are received by Gardai each year, while no official statistics are available it is to be expected that some of these people will have run away or gone missing by personal choice. This can be for a variety of reasons including relationship breakdown, personal or financial problems, a desire to start a new life etc. It is not a crime to go missing and the Missing Persons Helpline respects the right of an individual to go and remain “missing”. However, for family and friends left behind there is often heartache, confusion and worry about what has happened.
Christmas is a special occasion for families, for some however it can be a particularly trying time with that empty chair at the dinner table and memories of happier times. At this time of year the Helpline usually issues its annual appeal for Missing Persons to get in touch with their families. We know that for the missing person returning home or getting in touch with their family is not always an option and so the Helpline has launched a “Message Home” service on Freefone 1800 911 999. The purpose of this service is to enable those who are currently listed as Missing in or from Ireland, to leave a message for their family to let them know they are alive and well. If the missing person is willing to speak with someone, they can call our Helpline number on 1890 442 552. However, if he/she would prefer to leave a voice mail they can do so, the Helpline will then act as an intermediary and pass the message along to the intended recipient.
This service is unique in Ireland, fully confidential and will operate 24/7, callers cannot be traced.
Commenting on the launch of Message Home, Dermot Browne, Chairman of Missing in Ireland Support Service, said “sometimes direct contact with those left behind is not possible because of the passage of time or regret for actions taken. As a support service we hope to bridge the communications gap and bring reassurance to those who worry about what has happened to their missing loved one” .
Helpline Co-ordinator Ciaran Casey confirmed that a similar service is in place in the UK but is based around direct contact with Helpline, “obviously we don’t have the same level of resources available to us and our service makes best use of todays technology. I deal with affected families on a daily basis and witness the pain and trauma that they are going through. This can now be helped with a single phone call to say I’m ok!”.
Joy to the World: An Evening of Carols and Festive Readings with the Dublin Diocesan Music Group takes place in the Monastery of St Alphonsus (St Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9) on Monday 17th December 2012 at 8 PM.
All donations on the evening will be given to the MIssing Persons Helpline (M.I.S.S Missing in Ireland Support Services www.missingpersons.ie)
COMMITTEE FOR THE FORGOTTEN
A public meeting will be held at the TOWER HOTEL Waterford on Thursday the 25th October at 8pm for the Following Reasons.
To launch a COMMITTEE FOR THE FORGOTTEN.
To campaign for the establishment of a DNA data base for all missing Persons.
To discuss the present position with regards to Human remains found off our coasts and to support the Families of all the Missing and their rights to have their loved ones returned to them.
That all Human Remains recovered be given dignified burial after all scientific investigations have been carried out.
The establishment of a web page, with particulars of unidentified remains/Bodies that can be accessed by the public.
The Tower Hotel has kindly provided the facilities for this meeting free gratis. Light refreshments will be served afterwards
The following speakers will be in attendance,
Retired Garda Diver Mr Thomas (Tosh Lavery) Chairperson “Searching for the missing”
Mrs Caitlin Ui Aodha, IFO representative.
The audience will also be given an opportunity to ask questions. It is intended to elect a committee from the audience which will hopefully represent, political groups, families, Search and rescue and interested Parties
'Ginny Joe’s' is a first play by Liberties writer, Elizabeth Martha Tutty, directed by Vincent Smith. It provides a glimpse into the lives of three missing women through six 15 minute monologues. The performances given by the six actors are strong, individual and heartfelt.
The first act consists of the stories of three different women; the second, set fifteen years later, is made up of the stories of their loved ones that were left to wait and hope. The play is dedicated to a Dublin woman who disappeared twenty three years ago and inspired by the playwright’s friendship with the family she left behind.
The drama will be performed each night from Monday 22 October 2012 to Saturday 27th October at 8 PM at the Mill Theatre in Dundrum Town Centre
To book see
Let Your Heart Sing
An Evening of Reflective Music and Song composed and presented by Sr Maria Dunne CHF on October 4th 2012 at Clonliffe College Chapel, Clonliffe Road, Dublin
Tickets €10 available from CORI, Bloomfield Avenue, Dublin 4. email: email@example.com Tel. 01-6677322 St. Peter’s Church Parish Office, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01-8389708
or contact Martha Fealy (Granada House, Stillorgan, Dublin 4) email@example.com Tel. 01-2771495 Marie Dunne
firstname.lastname@example.org mob. 087-2370221 www.mariedunnechf.com
One of the songs to be sung is called "I light a candle for you". The song has been composed by Sr Maria Dunne CHF and will be sung by Patricia Bourke D'Souza. The words were inspired by Mrs Alice Cairns,mother of missing Philip Cairns, age 13, who disappeared on 23 October 1986. The song is in memory of all people who have someone missing.
On Behalf of the Missing Persons Search and Recovery, we would like to thank all the women who ran for us in the Womens Mini Marathon. We thank all who sponsored the Women who ran; Breda's Bar in Blackpool Cork and the L.V Bar in MacCurtain Street Cork who kindly provided food and refreshments to the Women after the marathon.
A special word of thanks to Sylvia Mc Carthy, Samantha Mc Carthy and Linda O Hare who organised a lot of their friends to take part in the event. We will be writing personally to all who took part in supporting us in due course. Once again well done to all and sincere thanks. See Photo.
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