Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a man who has been missing since July say that have "grave concerns" about him and have appealed to the public for information.
Gardaí confirmed today that they are searching the Bawnogue area of Ballyfermot after they received a number of tip-offs that he may be found there.
Barry Corcoran (39) went missing on Monday July 6. He was last seen on Cremora Road, Ballyfermot, at about 6:45pm.
Mr Corcoran had travelled to Dublin from his home in Wicklow town earlier in the day, and he was visiting friends at the time of his disappearance.
Speaking today, Superintendent Brendan Connolly of Ballyfermot Garda station said that Mr Corcoran's family were very worried about his whereabouts.
"We are very concerned about Barry. It's out of character for him to go missing," he said.
"He hasn't made any contact with his family. He hasn't collected his social welfare."
"At this time we are concerned, very concerned," he said.
Family members have said that the behaviour is very out or character for Mr Corcoran, who has a five-year-old daughter in Wicklow.
Supt Connolly said that Gardaí received "quite a number" of calls and letters from members of the public saying where Mr Corcoran could be found.
They are currently conducting searches in the Bawnogue area of Ballyfermot as a result of information that they have received.
Supt Connolly said that Mr Corcoran had travelled Dublin at 11am on the Number 133 Bus Éireann bus.
It is believed that he met with a friend in a gym in the Fitzgibbon street area before travelling on the Luas to the Kylemore stop on the Naas Road.
Mr Corcoran was not familiar with the Ballyfermot area and was last sighted in a local shop on the Cremora road at about 6:45pm.
Mr Corcoran is the youngest of four siblings and lives with his Brother in the Ocean View estate area of Wicklow town.
Previously, his brother William told the Herald that he became worried when Mr Corcoran failed to collect his social welfare payment in Wicklow the Monday after he went missing.
"Barry doesn't have any bank accounts we can check either, there's no credit cards or anything. He dealt in cash and lived day-to-day on his dole," said William.
"He needs the dole to live and he didn't collect it on Monday. So that's when I thought something was definitely up. That's when the worry set in."
Supt Connolly confirmed today that Mr Corcoran had a small amount of money on him at the time that he went missing.
"He would have had a limited amount of money on his person.
"What the exact amount he may have had in his possession I don't know but I would believe that that would not have been a sufficient amount for him to have been missing that long," he said.
Supt Connolly also said that Gardaí are not investigating a gangland or criminal element to Mr Corcoran's disappearance at this time.
"We have no evidence of anything of that nature at this time," he said.
Mr Corcoran is described as 5'11" in height and is of thin build. He has short grey hair and blue eyes and is described as walking with a slight 'shuffle'. He also has an old scar on the bridgwe of his nose. When last seen he was wearing a dark rain jacket, blue jeans and black Puma runners.
Anyone who may have been in contact with Barry Corcoran on Monday, July 6, or anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda station at 01-6667200, Wicklow Garda station at 040460140, or Crimestoppers at 1800250025.
Callers to Crimestoppers do not have to leave their name or address, and may get a reward for information of significant help to the Garda investigation.