Monday 19 February 2018

Searches under way in Cork as men reported missing in a week

Missing man David Mannix
Missing man David Mannix
Missing man Diarmuid Twomey
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí are conducting separate search operations for men reported missing in Cork.

The disappearances, all separate and unconnected, involve men who have vanished from Cork city and west Cork between December 12 and 20.

A major search operation, including public volunteers, is continuing in the Carrignavar and Whitechurch area for Diarmuid Twomey (31), who vanished while walking home from a Christmas party in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

He had walked his partner to a taxi after a family party but insisted on walking home alone because he said he was feeling ill.

His phone was discovered in an isolated farmyard at Ballinahina - a route he may have taken home as a short cut.

Mr Twomey's partner, Ciara Byrne, said the disappearance was totally out of character and fears were mounting that he may have suffered an accident as he walked home. The journey, on foot, would have taken him around 90 minutes.

Missing man Diarmuid Twomey
Missing man Diarmuid Twomey


Gardaí are also searching for Shane Sweeney (17) who was last seen on Fr Mathew Street in Cork city centre on December 18.

Mr Sweeney, who is 5ft 6in tall and of thin build, is from Grenagh.

However, gardaí believe he may be in the Cobh area and have appealed for anyone with information on the teenager's whereabouts to contact them.

Gardai are also trying to trace David Mannix (50) from Baker's Road, Gurranabraher in Cork.

Mr Mannix was last seen at 9.30am on December 12. He is described as being about 5ft 8in tall, with grey hair and a grey moustache.

When last spotted, he was wearing a dark green coat, dark trousers and dark shoes.

At the time he was last seen, Mr Mannix was driving a black 2000 Ford Focus with a 'C' registration.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 4946200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666111, or any garda station.

Meanwhile, a fifth search is under way for a man who vanished in the Ballineen-Enniskeane area last weekend. That search has focused on areas around the River Bandon and has been supported by the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter.

Irish Independent

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