Ciara Byrne called the Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM to say that she is slowly coming to terms with the loss of her partner Diarmuid Twomey. When her daughters Lily and Katie, aged four and two, call out for him she tells them that “Daddy got lost in the dark and went to heaven”.
“What happened is nothing more than a tragic accident. It appears he got hypothermia and wasn’t in his right senses. The outcome was devastating for us all especially considering where he was found. As time goes on you never really forget it, you just learn to live with it. He will be forever in our hearts and always with us.”
Ciara said she is extremely grateful for the support of her family, friends and countless strangers.
The body of Diarmuid Twomey, 31, was discovered on January 28 last. He had gone missing on December 20 when he failed to return home to Carrignavar village in Co Cork where he lived with his partner and their children. He had been on a night out for his nephew’s birthday and had a tragic accident as he made his way home.
Tragically Mr Twomey’s mother, Ann, died on January 6 as the search was continuing for her son. At his funeral mass Ciara said the disappearance of a much-loved son had left Ann “heartbroken”. “He now rests in his mother’s arms in heaven. I am sure she died of a broken heart after hearing of his disappearance. It seems she knew he wasn’t coming home. May they both now rest in peace.”
Gardaí believe Mr Twomey most likely tripped and fell into the pit as he attempted to take a short cut on his 10km walk from Cork city to his Carrignavar home.