It had all the makings of a grand Christmas affair.
The log fires roared, the scent of the pine trees filled the air as hundreds of people gathered in the stately surrounds of Farmleigh House.
However, these strangers were gathered together in grief and in hope, to mark another year without their loved one, some of whom went missing six years ago, 19 years ago and in some cases nearly six decades ago.
“We will never give up hope that one day our phone will ring with the words we have waited almost 19 years to hear, ‘we have found Fiona’.
“Her life has to account for something. Stress has a way of manifesting itself physically in the body and we believe my dad died of a broken heart not knowing where Fiona was.”
These were the words of Diane Sinnott. Her sister Fiona, a 19-year-old mother of one has been missing, presumed murdered, since February 1998.
“We are not interested in pursuing the person who has harmed Fiona or the reason behind the crime we just want Fiona to have a decent Christian burial which she deserves, not the burial place she has at the moment.
“If the person who took Fiona away from us had got a life sentence for their crime they would be enjoying freedom by now. It’s the families who are left behind that face the real life sentence not knowing where their loved ones are,” Diane said.
The strain of these life sentences was evident on nearly every face in Farmleigh yesterday, faces of people who live in a state of perpetual waiting, waiting for the phone to ring with that vital piece of information Another sister who spoke was Berna Fidan, whose beloved sister Esra Uryun, a 38-year-old mother of one, went missing in February 2011.
“She was a young mother with plans for her future. She loved art and design. She had plans for a fashion show,” Berna said.
Esra left her home in Clondalkin at 7.15am on February 23, 2011, telling her husband she was going to the shops. Esra has not been seen since, but her car, a Renault Twingo, was discovered abandoned in Bray, Co Wicklow, a short time later.
“We are begging you, if there is anyone with information, which I truly believe there must be, please come forward and end our nightmare. We’re not interested in who this person is or why, we just need to know which way to look,” Berna said.
The gathering was the third national Missing Persons Day at Farmleigh House.
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