Missing student is 'kind, gentle chap'
THE family of a missing Leaving Cert student have described him as a "kind and gentle chap".
Cormac Clare (18), pictured, from Kilteel, Naas, Co Kildare, has not been seen since the early hours of Monday morning.
A search operation involving gardai, the Civil Defence and mountain-rescue teams has focused on farmland around Kilteel as concerns for the teenager's safety mounted.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Cormac's father Seamus said: "With a child, you're hoping that wherever he is, that he's not in any distress or any pain. He's such a kind and gentle chap," he said.
The last confirmed sighting of Cormac was by his older brother in the family home at around 2am on Monday.
Mr Clare said there had been a couple of other sightings around Kilteel, however they have not been able to confirm that these are of Cormac.
"This is out of character. He's very bright, capable and intelligent," he added.
Cormac is believed to be wearing a navy Regatta-brand rainproof jacket with a reddish-brown hoodie underneath and navy tracksuit bottoms, possibly Nike-branded. He may also have a small black Jack Murphy rucksack with him.
Cormac is described as being 6ft1 or 6ft2 inches tall, of thin build with short, brown hair.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Naas garda station on 045 884300, the Garda Confidential telephone line 1800 666111 or any garda station.