Fresh appeal for information on man missing more than seven weeks

Detectives are gravely concerned for the wellbeing of a father-of-one who disappeared suddenly more than seven weeks ago.

Fresh appeal for information on man missing more than seven weeks

Gardaí yesterday issued a fresh appeal for information in relation to 39-year-old Barry Corcoran, who left his home in Wicklow Town on July 6.

Crimestoppers yesterday joined the appeal and offered the possibility of a reward for information which would significantly assist the Garda investigation.

Mr Corcoran went to the post office in Wicklow Town on the Monday morning before getting the bus to Dublin. He spent some time in the north inner city, before boarding the Luas Red Line to the Kylemore Stop on the Naas Rd, arriving there at 2pm. A friend met him there and he bought some goods in a local shop at 2.30pm and again at 6.45pm.

He was meeting friends on Cremona Rd in Ballyfermot and was last seen by them that night. It is not known what happened afterwards and gardaí said Mr Corcoran would not have known the area.

He is unemployed and is dependent on social welfare. He has not accessed his cash since and has no credit card.

“We are very concerned for Barry,” Supt Brendan Connolly of Ballyfermot Garda Station said. “This is out of character for him. He hasn’t made any contact with his family. He hasn’t collected his social welfare. He hasn’t accessed any funds so, at this time, we would be concerned.”

Gardaí have conducted door-to-door inquiries and have examined local CCTV footage.

“Gardaí have carried out extensive investigations since Barry was reported missing,” Supt Connolly said. “As a result of these investigations we have significant concerns regarding his welfare and safety and I would urge anybody with information to contact us here in Ballyfermot Garda Station.”

Mr Connolly is 5 ft 11in in height and of thin build. He has short grey hair and blue eyes and is described as walking with a slight ‘shuffle’ and also as having an old scar on the bridge of his nose.

When he was last seen on Cremona Rd, Ballyfermot, he was wearing a dark rain jacket, blue jeans, and black Puma runners.

Mr Connolly, the father of five-year-old girl, had left his home in Ocean View Estate in Wicklow Town, which he shares with this brother, and travelled to Ballyfermot.

Mr Connolly had been recently released from jail after serving a short sentence and had a number of convictions for public order offences. He had battled with drug addiction.

Gardaí did not consider him a serious criminal, but there were some reports he may have travelled to Ballyfermot to meet a known criminal. It is thought that gardaí have investigated this line of inquiry.

  • Contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 6667200, Wicklow Garda Station on 0404 60140 or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

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