The heartbroken family of a young woman who died in a motorsport accident has appealed for the safe return of their missing dog.
Mairéad D'arcy (30), died on December 26 2016, while competing in a motorsport event. Ms D'Arcy, from Stradbally, Co Waterford is survived by her parents Ray and Anne, her sister Triona and her brothers John and Raymond.
Now, less than three months on from her tragic death, the family's beloved dog Gertie has gone missing. Máiread was rarely seen out walking without Gertie and her family are devastated, her brother John said.
John has launched a campaign to help find Gertie, saying the family fear she may have been stolen.
Last Thursday his dad Ray let Gertie out for a morning run and she has not been seen since.
Everyone in the local community is searching for the dog and know her as a placid animal.
"I know everyone loves their dog but my dad has had dogs all his life and he says she is the most remarkable dog he's every possessed," he said.
The dog is part of the family and even has a morning cup of tea, he said.
"She's literally my father's granddaughter" he added.
The family have been coping "as best we can" since Mairéad's passing he said.
Mairéad was an active member of the local motorsport scene and was secretary of the local club. The family were all involved in motorsports and never entertained the idea that any of them could be injured, John said.
"We're holding up as best we can," he said.
"We have to take it hour by hour everyday.
"The one thing that we had left has been taken from us so what's next to go? That's personally how I feel why would our god go missing on top of everything else?"
Gertie is a cross between a Labrador and a Collie with a very bushy tale and a shiny black coat. Anyone with information has been asked to contact John on firstname.lastname@example.org.