Thursday 21 September 2017

Family make appeal to find missing woman with Alzheimer's

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The granddaughter of a missing woman suffering from Alzheimer's has made an emotional appeal to find her.

Terenure woman Margaret Mangan (65), known as Peggy, left her house on Mount Tallant Avenue in Terenure with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, just after 11am on Tuesday.

This morning, her granddaughter Hayley made an emotional appeal for her safe return.

Margaret may have wandered miles across Dublin after taking her dog for a walk.

A series of potential sightings have placed her as far away as Glasnevin and the M50 Finglas junction.

Ms Mangan has no money and no travel pass, so friends and family fear she may have walked off the beaten track.

“We’ve been searching for her non-stop since Tuesday when she went missing,” she told 2FM’s Ryan Tubridy. “We need everyone to look for her around the place – even if people just check their own streets, then we can cross off that one.”

Hayley stressed the importance of people calling gardai immediately if they suspect that they have seen Margaret. “If people think they have seen her, we ask that they call it in straight away.”

If she is spotted, Hayley asked that she be given some food and the gardai contacted straight away.

Family member Cian Lynch said that his family were “deeply concerned about Peggy’s whereabouts.

He said that there were four confirmed sightings yesterday after she left her house on Mount Tallant Avenue at approximately 11am.

The last confirmed sighting was near the Topaz garage in Glasnevin at 6.50pm.

"Our gut feeling is that she may have sat down on a bench somewhere or fallen asleep in a park," said one family friend.

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll halted filming of 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' in Glasnevin to join in the search after Peggy was spotted watching the filming of the hit show. O'Carroll called Ryan Tubridy's 2fm show yesterday to confirm that Peggy had visited the set with her dog.

If anyone spots Margaret, they can contact the Gardai Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Terenure Garda Station on (01) 666 6400

Irish Independent

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