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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Double All-Ireland winner seeks help in Mark Casey search

DJ Carey, Kilkenny is tackled by Kevin Martin, Offaly during the 1998 Leinster Hurling Final. Picture Credit Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE.
DJ Carey, Kilkenny is tackled by Kevin Martin, Offaly during the 1998 Leinster Hurling Final. Picture Credit Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE.
Mark Casey
18 October 2009; Tullamore player-manager Kevin Martin celebrates victory. Offaly County Senior Hurling Final, Tullamore v Kilcormac/Killoughey, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

David Power

Double All-Ireland winning Offaly hurler Kevin Martin has urged the GAA community in Limerick to help in the search for missing Mark Casey – his wife Deirdre’s godson.

A statement issued by Kevin and Deirdre through social media urges “Limerick GAA members, fans and Facebook friends” to help them in their search to find Mark, who is a student at NUI Galway and has been missing for a week. 

“We are praying for his safe return home. We know that despite our differences on a GAA pitch down through the years, in the case of something like this, as a GAA family, we stick together. Please help us now as we search for Mark,” the statement from the couple said.

Mark Casey from Tullamore Co. Offaly went missing from Limerick city on the night of Thursday 6th March into Friday Morning 7th March.

Mark is a student of NUIG and was on a night out for his friend's birthday, who is a student of UL. He was wearing a navy short sleeve polo shirt with grey collars and grey chinos on the night he went missing. He was last seen on CCTV at 2.20am heading towards the Dublin Road.

Kevin told that it has been a “nightmare” for Mark’s parents John and Catherine and the extended Casey family.

Kevin’s wife Dee is a first cousin of Mark and Catherine is also Dee’s godmother.

“Mark is a grand young lad and is a very talented sportsman. He plays GAA and is also a very good soccer player, winning underage player of the year with Tullamore AFC a number of years back,” Kevin said.

“A lot of people from Killeigh, Killurin and Tullamore have been working in groups to help in the search,” he said. He said any additional help would be appreciated in their efforts to find Mark.

While Offaly thwarted Limerick’s hopes of an All-Ireland title, almost twenty years ago, Kevin hopes that the GAA community will come to their aid now.

The Tullamore hurler won two All-Ireland senior titles with Offaly in the 1990s, the first of which was against Limerick, in which a frenetic five minute finish from the Faithful side saw them turn a five point deficit into a six point winning margin with goals from Johnny Dooley and Pat O'Connor.

The Offaly manager that year was Eamon Cregan, one of Limerick’s greatest ever players.

Martin went on to win another All-Ireland title in 1998 when Offaly defeated Kilkenny – becoming the first team to win the title through the recently introduced back-door system. Martin formed a formidable half-back line along with Hubert Rigney and Brian Whelahan which was the foundation for much of the team’s success, which saw them contest four All-Ireland finals, winning two.

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