Family of Leaving Cert student prays for his safe return
THE family of an 18-year-old Leaving Cert student who has been missing for the past week has said they are praying for his safe return.
Cormac Clare vanished from his home at Kilteel, Naas, Co Kildare, in the early hours of last Monday morning.
A major search operation involving gardai, mountain rescue teams and the Civil Defence broadened its focus at the weekend to include new areas around Naas that had not been examined up until that point.
However, Cormac's father Seamus said the search showed no sign of his son.
"In a way, to know he's not out there in the cold, injured or hurt in the immediate locality, is a bit of comfort," Mr Clare said.
"There have been no developments -- good or bad -- and we are still as concerned as ever.
"We're driving around ourselves, in no particular pattern, just with the hope of seeing him come home. Please God he shows."
Cormac, who has a younger brother aged 11 and an older brother aged 20, left his mobile phone at home.
There has been no activity on his bank account in the past week.
Gardai have received a number of calls about possible sightings of the CBS Naas student, however none have been confirmed as yet.
Mr Clare asked the public to keep an eye out for Cormac, whom he described as a "kind and gentle chap".
The last confirmed sighting of Cormac was by his older brother in the family home at around 2am on Monday.
The student complained of having an upset stomach.
Cormac is believed to be wearing a navy Regatta-brand rainproof jacket with a reddish-brown hoodie underneath and navy tracksuit bottoms, possibly Nike-branded.
He may also have a small black Jack Murphy rucksack with him as this is missing from the house.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Naas garda station on 045 884300, the garda confidential telephone line 1800 666111 or any garda station.