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National Missing Persons Day, Virtual Ceremony today at

On behalf of the Minister for Justice, Ms. Helen McEntee, T.D., we would like to invite you to the National Missing Persons Day Virtual Ceremony on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 at 11 am.

Sadly, but necessarily due to Covid-19, the importance of ensuring the health and safety of our ceremony guests is such that it has been decided to host a virtual event this year. The event can be accessed on the Department of Justice’s website at 11 am on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

This year’s virtual event will be hosted by Mr. Barry Cummins, RTE reporter and journalist, and will include addresses by the Minister of Justice, Ms. Helen McEntee, T.D., Garda Commissioner, Mr. Drew Harris, Mr. Chris Enright, Director General, Forensic Science Ireland and René Gapert, Forensic Anthropologist. The event will also include a number of pieces from family members who have been affected by ambiguous loss.

Please log into this Virtual Ceremony to remember our Missing.

National Missing Persons Day

Remembering our Missing on National Missing Persons Day


National Missing Persons Day 2020 approaches, this year to be marked on Wednesday 2nd December by an online “virtual” experience due to COVID restrictions. Since it’s inception in 2013,, families have the opportunity to remember their Missing loved ones by attending the annual ceremony in person and participating in the release of pigeons and the “Rose” ritual, both highly emotional but deeply appreciated.


At the National Missing Persons Helpline, we have been looking at other practical ways of showing our love and saying  “ we will always remember”.  The Irish Native Woodlands Trust is dedicated to preserving Ireland’s remaining ancient woodlands and restoring our original ecosystem using only native Irish seed.  They have a number of locations through the country – full details here .  We have teamed up with the Trust in their Dedicate a Tree campaign.  For a cost of €34, the Trust will plant and dedicate a tree in memory of your missing family member or friend.  A high quality paper certificate will be provided and despatched within 3 working days of the sponsorship being processed.  We hope you agree that this is a permanent and long lasting way of remembering and celebrating our Missing. 


To arrange your dedication, visit

 Please show ” Missing Person”  at the beginning of your Dedication Message and remember to include your name and address to receive the certificate in the post.

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Chat Room

Family Support of a Missing Person

There is no doubt that Covid has had a huge impact on our lives since the first restrictions were launched early this year. At the National Missing Persons Helpline, we have been obliged to temporarily curtail our very successful Family Days. This has encouraged us to look for an alternative means of facilitating contact between Families and friends of Missing Persons and helping them to keep in touch. For vulnerable members of our Community, the forced isolation and cocooning has in many cases caused high levels of loneliness and mental health issues. This can be particularly hard on those who are carrying the pain of a long term missing loved one.

Zoom conference calls have provided a solution for our Board meetings and allowed us to carry on our business despite lockdown. We are proposing to put the platform to a different use by providing an online, drop in Chat Room for family and friends of our Missing. We are offering this on a fortnightly basis starting on Wednesday 25th November between 7.30 and 9.30pm. You can participate from your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. As with our Family meetings, there is no set Agenda and topics are open to all who tune in – a general chat or discussion on a particular issue. So why not put the kettle on, draw up a chair and join us!

Please Note: you will need a login code to access, please contact us in advance by calling the Helpline 1890 442 552 or email and we will be happy to pass this along. Because of the format, we can invite specific guests to join us and participate in future chats, should it be considered a useful option.


Police are trying to establish the identity of a woman

Police are trying to establish the identity of a woman whose body was found on a remote Scottish beach after she entered the water in Northern Ireland.

It is believed she went into the sea between Bangor and Ballywalter, Co Down in July 2017.

Missing Person Annie McCarrick

It has now emerged that investigators believe Annie was NOT in Johnny Foxes Pub in the village of Glencullen the night of her disappearance and they feel it was a case of mistaken identity.

We really hope for some positive news with this investigation

If you have information you would like passed on please don't hesitate to get in touch with us, the Missing Persons Helpline on 1890442552.


Claudia's law

Claudia's law

claudia's law, to help families of missing people, clears parliament
The law, named after Claudia lawerence, will allow a missing person's relative to look after financial affairs on their behalf

A safer return...

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Some news from our colleagues in Cork City Missing Persons Search and Rescue

Some news from our colleagues in Cork City Missing Persons Search and Rescue

The committee has accepted the resignation of search coordinator David Lenihan.

David was the founder of CCMPSAR, previously the Missing Persons Association way back in 2002. Over the years, we have worked closely with David and his dedicated colleagues and on more than a few occasions we have been glad to avail of David’s co-operation, extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Missing Persons.


We would like to acknowledge his commitment and hard work and it is our hope that David will enjoy his new position and continue to be the fount of knowledge that he is.

“And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew that one small head could carry all he knew...”

Thanks David, from all at the National Missing Persons Helpline.

Our recent Family Support Day...

Our recent Family Support Day was another huge success and received great feedback from all those who came along.

Despite the obvious hurt and emotional trauma, the resilience and strength of families, which was shared with us has again left us in awe. We recognize the difficult nature of the day for families and thank them for the information and conversation they shared with others.

Our next day is planned for early July and places are strictly limited. If you would like to meet other families in an informal and confidential setting, please contact Ciaran on 1890 442 552 to reserve your place.

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Sean Walsh

Have you seen Sean?

26-year-old Irish National Sean Walsh, was last seen in the Randwick NSW area on Sunday 10th May 2009.

In 2007, Sean had left his home in Dungarvan, Ireland, on a round the world ticket. He had travelled throughout different countries before arriving in Australia in 2008.

Sean had been residing in a flat in Randwick NSW, which he was sharing with a flatmate. On the morning of the 10th May when Sean had not exited his bedroom his flatmate went to check on him and found his room empty. His clothes and mobile were in the room but no sign of Sean.

At the time of his disappearance, Sean was working as a carpet cleaner, and would often borrow the company van on weekends. Over the weekend Sean was last seen, he had borrowed the vehicle so he could go to book a ticket for an upcoming trip he had planned to visit his family in Ireland. On the Sunday morning, the company owner woke to find the van parked in his driveway unlocked, with the keys still in the ignition, and some of Sean's possessions, including his surfboard, wetsuit, rash vest, paperwork and a T-Shirt. However, there was no evidence to suggest where Sean may have gone.

Sean has not made contact with family or friends since this date, he failed to board the plane on Tuesday the 12th May as planned and has not accessed any of his bank accounts. His family are extremely concerned for his safety and welfare as it is completely out of character for Sean to just disappear.

Although police state there is no evidence to suggest foul play, investigations have failed to locate Sean or his movements after the 10th May.

Sean is described as standing 175cm tall with a thin build, shaved brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. Sean was last seen wearing a Khaki coloured jumper, Khaki boardshorts and things. Sean would now be aged 33 years old.

If you have any information which may assist police please contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or The national Missing Persons Helpline on 1890 442 552.

Fiona Sinnott

A fresh appeal has been issued for information on the disappearance of Wexford woman Fiona Sinnott almost 20 years ago.

Gardaí investigating the case would like to thank the public for their valuable assistance following the recent Crime Call appeal. They are continuing to appeal to anyone who can assist with the investigation to make contact with them at Wexford Garda Station on 053-9165200.

Ms Sinnott was 19-years-old when she disappeared.

She was last seen in the Broadway area of Co Wexford on 8 February 1998 at around midnight when she left Butler's Pub where she had been out with friends.

A passing motorists saw a man and a woman on the road near Kisha Cross, Broadway at around the same time and there were also two men in their late teens or early 20s close by.

None of these four people have ever come forward and gardaí are anxious to trace them or anyone else who may have been in the area that night to come forward.

So far Gardaí have carried out 459 inquiries and taken 355 statements in relation to Ms Sinnott's disappearance.

Anyone with information or who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Wexford Garda Station on 053 9165200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or you can call the Missing Persons Helpline on 1890442552.

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