Gardaí trace missing Cork man Colin Ronayne to Wellington Bridge

Gardaí searching for a man who has been missing in Cork since New Year’s Day have traced his last known movements to a bridge on the outskirts of the city.

They renewed their appeal last night for help finding Colin Ronayne, 31, after confirmation he was last seen near Thomas Davis Bridge, known locally as Wellington Bridge, at 6.05am last Friday, January 1.

Initial appeals had placed him on College Rd at around 6am. However, it is understood a trawl of CCTV footage from the area has now placed him further west, near the bridge.

Gardaí issued a specific appeal last night for anyone who may have used or crossed Wellington Bridge between 5.30am and 6.30am on New Year’s Day to contact Bridewell Garda Station on 021 4943331.

Colin is 5ft6in, of medium build, with short dark hair. When last seen, he was wearing a black V-neck jumper, black tracksuit bottoms, and grey pointed dress shoes.

The search for Mr Ronayne is one of three missing-person searches ongoing in the city.

Following a renewed appeal on Tuesday by gardaí investigating the disappearance of Diarmuid Twomey, 31, from the northern outskirts of the city on December 20, a taxi driver came forward. He drove Mr Twomey’s partner and mother of his two young children, Ciara Byrne, from Fairhill to their home in Carrignavar at around 3am that day.

Diarmuid Twomey
Diarmuid Twomey

Diarmuid was supposed to follow later in another taxi, but has not been seen since. His phone was found in a farmyard off Whitechurch Rd, known locally as the Straight Rd, but despite a massive search operation in that area, there has been no trace of him.

Insp Gary McPolin said the taxi driver has helped clarify a number of elements in their investigation.

Insp McPolin renewed his appeal for three men in a silver car, who visited Whitechurch Recycling Centre between 6am and 6.30am on December 20, to come forward so they can be eliminated from their enquiries.

Farmers have also been asked to search their lands, ditches, streams, and gullies.

Anyone with information should call Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 4946200.


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