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Families' relief as missing Katie and Donnacha are found in city

THE families of two missing children have spoken of their relief after they were found safe and well in Dublin this morning.

Katie Mangan (12) from Killorglin and Donnacha Ireland (15) from Killarney, who had become friends about six months ago, were found in Heuston Station at 1am, following a frantic search by their families who had travelled to the capital.

The pair had been trying to make their way back home at the time.

Katie's brother John (23) said they were just relieved to have their little sister, the only girl in a family of four boys, home again and they were looking forward to a very happy Christmas.

"She's the only girl so we mind her. I'm sure that's difficult for her too at times but there are pros and cons," John told the Herald.

His parents John and Frances had travelled to Dublin yesterday to help in the search.

They were joined by Donnacha's parents, who had travelled from Killarney.

Andy Ireland assured his son that nobody was angry, they just wanted them home and safe.

"It was the same for us," John added. "We didn't want to put any pressure on them. We just wanted them to come home."


The families had also made an appeal through social media for help.

"That really helped and we got so many messages," he said.

A contrite Katie herself took to social media, posting on her Facebook page: "Sorry for all the fuss of myself and Donnacha Ireland ... back safe now though. Thanks to everyone for the messages and support."