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Saturday 24 February 2018

Fears grow for missing man who ‘walked off the face of the Earth’

Barry Corcoran was last seen on the morning of 6th July in Ballyfermot
Barry Corcoran was last seen on the morning of 6th July in Ballyfermot
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The family of a man who “walked off the face of the Earth” in July have said they are desperate to find out what happened to him as the year comes to a close.

Wicklow native Barry Corcoran (38) disappeared after meeting with friends in Dublin on the night of Monday, July 6.

He slept downstairs in a house on Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, but when the others he was with got up the next morning Barry was already gone.

Gardaí fear he was murdered, possibly over a minor drug debt, but there has been no sign of him, dead or alive.

“Searches have taken place and people have been questioned by gardai in an effort to solve this mystery, but it’s as if he walked off the face of the Earth,” said a source.

Barry’s family have again appealed for help in finding him. “Even if it is bad news, it would be better than not knowing where he is,” Barry’s brother William told the Herald.

William became concerned in July when Barry, a dad of one, did not collect his social welfare payment.

Barry had also left his mobile phone and passport at home in Ocean View in Wicklow town.

He doesn’t have any bank accounts and dealt in cash, which was why not collecting his dole money rang alarm bells with his family.

“There is still no word on ­Barry or what happened to him. The Gardaí are still working on the case, but there are no new leads from what I know,” said William.

Gardaí are investigating if Barry may have been murdered by a west Dublin crime gang over a drugs debt of just €500.

“It is also being investigated whether he was killed in the Ballyfermot area and his body dumped elsewhere,” a source said.

Gardaí received sinister letters alleging Barry was shot dead and buried in a shallow grave.

Barry went to the post office in Wicklow town on the morning of July 6, before getting the bus to Dublin.

He spent some time in the north inner city, before boarding the Luas Red Line to the Kylemore Stop on the Naas Road, arriving there at 2pm.

A friend met him and he bought some goods in a local shop at 2.30pm and again at 6.45pm.

He met friends on Cremona Road, Ballyfermot and was last seen by them that night.

Supt Brendan Connolly, of ­Ballyfermot Garda Station, said investigations were ongoing.

“We have significant concerns regarding his welfare

and safety and I would urge anybody with information to contact us,” he said.

Barry is five foot one inch in height and of medium build with grey hair. When last seen he was wearing dark jeans, black Puma runners, and a light blue mac.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardaí in Wicklow or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666111.

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