Family in appeal for help in search for missing grandfather
IT has been the longest year for the grief-struck family of a grandfather who disappeared last June.
Bobby Ryan (52) from Cashel, Co Tipperary, has not been seen since he left for work on the morning of June 3 last.
His family are today making an emotional appeal to help them trace Mr Ryan -- a well known DJ who went by the stage-name 'Mr Moonlight'.
John Ryan told the Irish Independent that his brother -- who also worked as a truck driver -- was a much loved man.
"He has two children, Robert and Michelle, two grandsons and a granddaughter. We just want to find Bobby and bring this all to an end," Mr Ryan said.
Michelle found her father's Citroen van at Bansha Woods, Co Tipperary on the day he disappeared. Despite numerous searches and several appeals, Bobby was never found.
Posters of the missing man have been posted across Tipperary.
"Michelle was back in the woods this weekend to see if she could find any trace of him. We had some search dogs out for him again -- but nothing. We will be going to a different place this weekend, we'll keep on looking," Mr Ryan said.
He said it was completely out of character for his brother to go missing. "We need to find out what happened. He left his partner's house in Bansha on the Friday of the June bank holiday weekend and was never seen again," he added.
"We need him back to his family one way or the other -- where he belongs, let it be to bury him, say goodbye to him, to talk to him," Michelle said.
Meanwhile, the Army has joined the search for a missing student. David Gilligan (30) from Dysart in Roscommon was living in Galway. He was last seen at 10pm on Tuesday May 22 walking on the Moycullen Road towards Dangan Heights in the city. Yesterday, 30 soldiers joined in the search.
David's brother Shane told the Irish Independent that the family were "just keeping the faith" that they would find him safe and well.
David is described at 6ft 1in, with short dark hair and weighs approximately 15 stone. Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai in Galway at 091-538000.