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Saturday 20 September 2014

Young grandchildren of missing Thomas Kennedy told he's 'playing a really good game' of hide and seek

Published 12/08/2014 | 20:53

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Thomas Kennedy's younger grandchildren are being told the pensioner, who has been missing for two weeks, is playing a "really good game of hide and seek".

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While the missing 81-year-old's older grandchildren know the truth, some of the younger members of the family are being told he is either playing a game or "went for a walk and turned the wrong corner".

However, Mr Kennedy's daughter-in-law Claire Kennedy know the family will have to explain the the children soon.

"They are aware of what's happening. We don't hide it from them, because eventually we are going to have to tell them. Hopefully it will be good news, but we will have to tell them what's happening," she said.

Gardaí at Finglas, Dublin, are seeking the publics assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 81 year old Thomas Kennedy missing from Finglas since 29th July 2014
Gardaí at Finglas, Dublin, are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 81 year old Thomas Kennedy missing from Finglas since 29th July 2014

"The little ones actually live with him, so they're just wondering where he's gone."

Thomas was last seen in the Virginia Park area, Finglas, at approximately 9pm on Tuesday 29th July 2014.

Approximately 5' 4" in height, of slim build with short grey hair, Thomas was last seenwearing a black rain jacket with a hood, short sleeved white and blue polo shirt, dark chino style trousers, black shoes with a velcro fastener and no laces.

Thomas wears glasses and a watch.

"He's a lovely man. He's one of the nicest gentlemen you could ever meet.  He's kind and he lives for he eight grandchildren," said Ms Kennedy.

"He's literally one of the nicest, softest men you could ever meet."

Hundreds of people have been assisting the family with searches across Dublin, including the Civil Defence and a search dog called Max, who was donated to the voluntary organisation by the Peggy Mangan Foundation.

One of the volunteers, Carol Bredin, does not know Mr Kennedy, but felt compelled to help the search.

"It brought something to our hearts, so we had to come out. We've been out since last Tuesday night and just hoping to find something to bring home to the family," she said.

"If we don't find something, we will continue searching."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Finglas garda station on 01 6667500.

Irish Independent

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