Tuesday 24 April 2018

Trevor's father has remained strong for the sake of his family

Michael Deely has kept his son’s case in the public view
Michael Deely has kept his son’s case in the public view

Alan O'Keeffe

The courage and optimism of Trevor Deely's father Michael has helped sustain his family since his son disappeared almost 17 years ago.

His determination that Trevor should never be forgotten has been absolute.

He constantly hoped that the efforts of gardaí to solve the mystery of Trevor's disappearance following an office Christmas party would bear fruit.

The new intensive Garda search of council woodland in Dublin is the type of action that Michael sought.

The Deely family has appealed for privacy since the latest development.

But speaking to this reporter in 2015, Michael explained that he has tried to maintain his optimism despite the years of anguish.

"I get tired but my nature is optimistic," said Michael, who was then aged 73.

"I have a responsibility to the rest of my family. If they see me cave in, how can I expect them to keep going? It's important that I stay strong."

Michael was always convinced that his son did not take his own life.

"There was never a semblance of that," said the Naas resident. "Trevor was very personable. He was very mature and dependable."

One of Michael's favourite memories of his youngest son is the image of him striding ahead of every other athlete in a cross-country run at Punchestown racecourse.

"I remember him with his hair long and it was blowing in the breeze and the rest of the runners coming behind him. You'd swear it was first place in the Olympics," he recalled with obvious pride.

"I get comfort when strangers stop me in the street in Naas and ask me if I'm Trevor's father.

"The fact that they mention his name matters a great deal to me," he said.

Michael, his wife Ann and their remaining children Mark, Pamela and Michelle, now anxiously await the outcome of this latest search.

Irish Independent

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