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Parents of Madeline McCann make first trip back to Donegal since her disappearance

PLEASE NOTE: The copyright to Teri Blythe MUST be included.Composite photos showing four year old Madeine McCann with age progression image of the missing child. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 25, 2012. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood who is leading the British review into the disappearance of Madeleine has spoken of now having the
PLEASE NOTE: The copyright to Teri Blythe MUST be included.Composite photos showing four year old Madeine McCann with age progression image of the missing child. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 25, 2012. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood who is leading the British review into the disappearance of Madeleine has spoken of now having the "best opportunity" of finally solving the mystery of what happened to her. It will be five years ago next week since the three-year-old went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, as her parents Kate and Gerry McCann dined with friends nearby.See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: Teri Blythe/Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann, Kate and Gerry.

Greg Harkin

THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann have made the first family trip to Co Donegal since their daughter went missing.

Gerry and Kate McCann and their twins Sean and Amelie have been enjoying a family break in Dungloe.

The family last travelled to the county at Easter in 2007.

Three weeks later, Maddie went missing from an apartment in Portugal.

Gerry McCann's father John was from the village of St Johnston, where the family owned a pub. Maddie posed for pictures outside the premises during the April 2007 holiday.

Mr McCann also has a large number of relatives in the Dungloe area.

The family have rented a cottage there and are said to have been overwhelmed by the warm reception during their trip.

"People here know Gerry and Kate well and we're just letting him get on with their holiday without any fuss," said one local resident last night. "They're one of us."

Irish Independent

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