THE father of missing Trevor Deely has told how his unwavering faith is helping him cope with the torment of not knowing where his son is.
Michael Deely, a devout Catholic, said religion has always played a major role in his life -- but even more so since Trevor vanished 11 years ago this week.
He said he draws strength and comfort by going into his 22-year-old son's bedroom twice every day to pray.
Mr Deely, who lives in Naas, Co Kildare, knows the ritual will be all the more poignant this Thursday, the anniversary of his youngest child's mysterious disappearance.
As one of Ireland's most high-profile missing person cases, the key facts in Trevor's disappearance in the early hours of December 8, 2000, in Dublin are ingrained in many people's memories.
But agonisingly for the Deely family, who have mounted exhaustive campaigns to locate him ever since, both here and in the UK, not one single decent lead as to his whereabouts has emerged since.
Father-of-four Mr Deely (69) said: "Sadly, we're still no further on than we were 11 years ago when Trevor was last seen on CCTV.
"We're living in hope. I now have seven grandchildren, whom Trevor has never met, from my three other children. And my dream is for Trevor to meet them."