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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 01-6677322 St. Peter’s Church Parish Office, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. email: email@example.com Tel: 01-8389708
or contact Martha Fealy (Granada House, Stillorgan, Dublin 4) firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 01-2771495 Marie Dunne
email@example.com 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.
The annual mass for the families of missing people at Our Lady's Island Wexford will take place on Saturday 18th August 2012 at 3 PM.
The Missing Persons Association wish to extend deepest condolences to the Family, friends and colleagues of the late Trevor Corbett who sadly passed away on 25/05/2012.
Trevor was co founder of (CERT ) Country Emergency Response Team and with whom we had the honour of working with on a number of searches for Ireland's missing people.
Trevor will be remembered by us for his dedication and for the time that he freely gave to help the Families of Ireland's missing people. His commitment to each of the large number of searches that he took part in was inspirational. He will be greatly missed by all of us here at the M.P.A.
Reposing in Cross' Funeral Home 2 Lower Gerald Griffin Street Limerick - Tuesday at 5.30pm
Removal from Cross' Funeral Home - Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 7.30pm
Requiem Mass at St. Saviours Church - Wednesday 30th May at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery.
May he rest in peace.
Fr Aquinas Duffy , David Linehan , Brian Looney , David Varian , Denis Kiely, Ciaran O Brien , Cormac Cremin, Robert Hayes
The London Irish Centre runs an excellent tracing section in relation to missing persons. See article in Irish Independent in relation to the work of the Centre.
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