THE mother of a man who vanished on Christmas Day fears that something sinister has happened to him after he missed his own birthday celebrations on New Year's Eve.
Mary Byrne (51) said "things just aren't adding up" after her son Paul, from Rush, north Co Dublin, didn't return home as she hoped to celebrate his 25th birthday on Monday. "It was heartbreaking last night," she told the Irish Independent. "We really thought he was going to come home."
But the last time the catering worker was seen was at around 3am on Christmas Day at the cottage he rents with housemates on Sandy Lane in the seaside town. He sent a text to his girlfriend wishing her a happy Christmas at 10.30am that morning and that was the last known contact he had with anyone.
Since then, his mother and siblings Stephen (29), from nearby Lusk, and Suzanne (27), from Clontarf have been frantically searching for him.
"We went out ourselves today to put up posters in Rush and Lusk," said Mrs Byrne, who lives in Artane.
Mr Byrne is described as 5ft 5in tall with blue eyes, a thin build and short light brown hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact gardai.