'I keep going back to it every day without fail and thinking about what happened that day and where did she go to' - Mary Boyle's mother
THE heartbroken mother of Ireland's longest-missing person yesterday told how the pain of not knowing what happened to her daughter haunts her every single day.
Mary Boyle was just six when she vanished without a trace from her grandparents' home in Co Donegal 33 years ago.
Fighting back tears, her mother Ann yesterday said despite the passing years the pain of that loss never goes away.
"It is the not knowing. You can grieve to a certain extent because you have your little girl missing but you wonder all the time what happened.
"I keep going back to it every day without fail and thinking about what happened that day and where did she go to," she said.
A flotilla of newly built currachs yesterday set sail to herald the launch of the Mary Boyle Foundation at Magheraroarty pier, close to Mary's family home.
Each currach builder was sponsored to raise money for charity, which will be divided between the Donegal Hospice and the Mary Boyle Foundation.
The foundation, the brainchild of local currach-builder Owenie Diver, will have a small fund to help Mary's grieving mother Ann in her work supporting families of other missing children.
"Ann is still trying to find out what happened to Mary after all these years and she is sometimes asked to attend meetings on missing children," said Owenie. The currach-builder was prompted to help when he learned that Ann's husband Charlie had lost his life at sea in a fishing boat tragedy five years ago.