Tuesday 12 December 2017

Brendan O'Carroll halts filming of Mrs Brown Boys movie to help search for missing Alzheimer's woman

Gardai are appealing for information on missing Dublin woman Margaret (Peggy) Mangan (65) who was last seen leaving her home in Terenure with her King Charles Cavalier dog yesterday morning
Gardai are appealing for information on missing Dublin woman Margaret (Peggy) Mangan (65) who was last seen leaving her home in Terenure with her King Charles Cavalier dog yesterday morning
Brendan O'Carroll and his wife Jennifer Gibney
Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown during filming of Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie in Dublin earlier this month. Pic: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Conor Feehan and Ken Sweeney

Searches were continuing today for a Terenure woman with Alzheimer’s disease who has gone missing.

Margaret Mangan (65), who is also known as Peggy, left her house on Mount Tallant Avenue in Terenure with her cavalier King Charles spaniel, just after 11am yesterday.

Although there have been reported sightings of her since then her family grew increasingly concerned when she had not been located by last night.

Overnight fog hampered searches, but her family continued to look for Peggy in the Finglas and Glasnevin areas of Dublin this morning.

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll halted filming of his movie Mrs Brown’s Boys D'Movie in Glasnevin to join in the search.

Spotted

Peggy was spotted watching the filming of the hit show yesterday.

Brendan called in to Ryan Tubridy's 2fm show to confirm that she had visited the set yesterday with King Charles spaniel.

"She sounds like a Mrs Brown,” he said. “Hopefully we can track her down but at this stage she could be anywhere.”

However he stressed that while Peggy is said to have visited the set of his film yesterday, in fact his crew had been filming in three separate locations - at the back of Woodie's DIY near Glasnevin Cemetery, at a house on the Clareville Estate, and near the Gravediggers Pub.

"Given Peggy is five foot two inches with a King Charles spaniel she would fairly stand out," the Finglas born comic said.

He then recounted how his autistic nephew had walked 72 miles along after he became lost leaving a bank.

There were also reports of a woman matching Peggy's description on Clanbrassil Street at around noon yesterday.

And she was possibly seen again in Glasnevin at about 3pm, near where the Mrs Brown movie was being filmed.

There was a further possible sighting of her near the M50 Finglas junction at around 5.30pm but from there the trail goes cold.

Peggy's family have been involved in searches for her, but dense fog and failing light have hampered their progress.

Family friends have posted messages on Facebook Peggy asking morning walkers, joggers and commuters to look out for her.

“Please keep an eye out for Peggy this morning. She took her King Charles dog for a walk yesterday at approx 11.30am. She was later seen walking on Clanbrassil Street towards city centre,” the posting read.

“Then she was spotted between 2pm and 3pm on Clareville Grove in Glasnevin. Here she stood and watched the filming of Mrs Brown’s Boys and briefly spoke to some neighbours and possibly some of the film crew,” it added.

“The next known sighting of Peg was at 5.30pm walking into traffic on the M50 slip exit at Finglas.

“No further information has come to light. Please look out for her again today. She could have walked anywhere from here so please keep your eyes open in all parts of the city, northside and southside,” her friends asked.

Gardai are asking for any information about Peggy, or anyone who thinks they may have seen her or her dog, to contact them at Terenure garda station on 01-6666400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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