Families of missing unite in hope

The mother of missing Mary Boyle, 6, apologised for crying at yesterday’s event in Dublin to mark Missing Persons Day.

Families of missing unite in hope

“I’m sorry for crying but it is not easy talking about Mary,” said Ann Boyle during a ceremony of hope at Farmleigh House.

Mary disappeared before making her communion 36 years ago and Ann lives with the hope she is still alive. Mary disappeared without a trace on March 18 1977. Ann said her daughter’s case was being reviewed but that nothing had been found so far.

Michael Deely, the father of Trevor Deely from Naas, Co Kildare, who went missing 14 years ago, also spoke. His 22-year-old son went missing while walking home from a Christmas party in Dublin on December 8, 2000.

Michael said he could not give up hope of finding his son. “It’s what gets me up in the morning and out for the day,” he said.

Berna Fidan travelled from London. Her sister, Esra Uyrun, 38, has been missing for almost 14 years.

Esra, a mother of one, has not been seen since leaving her home at Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin at around 7.15am on February 23, 2001.

Alice Cairns, the mother of missing Dublin schoolboy, Philip Cairns, was finding the day tough. Her husband, Philip Cairns snr, who died last July, had campaigned relentlessly to find answers after his son disappeared while walking back from school in 1986 in Rathfarnham.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald met some of the families.

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, reassured the family and friends of missing people that An Garda Síochána would never give up the search for their loved ones.

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