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Life and soul of the party was daughter's 'best friend'

Barry Duggan

Published 01/05/2013 | 05:00

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FOR almost two years, the family of Bobby Ryan have searched in vain for the missing man.

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They never gave up hope that some day they would be able to give the adored father a final peaceful resting place.

Last night, the Ryan family, including Bobby's children Michelle (27) and Robert (25), and his brothers, John and Eamonn, continued to maintain that vigil outside the farmhouse in Fawnagown, Co Tipperary while a garda investigation proceeded inside the security cordon.

Michelle told the Irish Independent that her father was her "best friend".

Bobby Ryan (52) from Cashel, Co Tipperary has not been seen since the morning of June 3, 2011.

Michelle found her father's Citroen van at Bansha Woods, Co Tipperary, on the day he disappeared.

"I still remember that. I found it in the car park of the Bansha Woods," she said.

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"My world came crashing down around me. From the time I went running to that van, I thought I would never get there and it was only a stone's throw away from me."

For almost two years, numerous searches were organised across Tipperary but to no avail.

"We always knew that daddy wouldn't walk away. Deep down, we always knew that," Michelle Ryan said.

"Today after I got the phone call at 2.40pm saying somebody had been found, my shoulders feel lighter. The only thing we have lost today is that he would come back into our lives."

Truck driver Ryan was also known across Tipperary through his work as a DJ and his stage name 'Mr Moonlight'.

"He loved it," his daughter said. He was the life and soul of every party he walked into. He was never in bad humour," Michelle Ryan said.

"If you were in bad humour yourself, you would ring him as he was a pure tonic."

Irish Independent

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