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01/01/2013 
Mary Byrne with a photo of her son Paul Byrne who has been missing since St Stephens Day at her home in Artane, Dublin.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

01/01/2013 Mary Byrne with a photo of her son Paul Byrne who has been missing since St Stephens Day at her home in Artane, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

01/01/2013 Mary Byrne with a photo of her son Paul Byrne who has been missing since St Stephens Day at her home in Artane, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

THE distraught family of missing Paul Byrne say their hearts are broken after a body was recovered from the sea almost two months after he disappeared.

Mary Byrne said clothing found on the body has been identified as that belonging to her 24-year-old son Paul Byrne who vanished in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Mr Byrne's body was found by fishermen in the sea around nine miles east of Skerries, Co Dublin, on Friday.

The family are awaiting DNA test results to confirm 100pc that it is Paul.

However, Mrs Byrne said that the clothing on the body matched exactly what he was wearing when he went missing.

 

Tormenting

"It was the worst news to get, but the only good thing is that we found him. I'm waiting to bring him home.

"For eight weeks, every single day it has been tormenting me. All I could think was, 'I have to find him'. As each week went by, it was all about finding him," she said.

Paul was last seen by his housemates in Rush, Co Dublin, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

He was due to celebrate his 25th birthday on New Year's Eve with his mother and his siblings, Stephen (29) and Suzanne (27).

Despite a high profile campaign to locate the missing man, gardai were unable to find Paul.

As the days and then weeks passed with no sign of Paul, Mrs Byrne said she realised he was unlikely to come home to her alive.

However, she held out hope that his body might be found and returned to her.

Extensive searches of the coastline and the sea were carried out by members of the Coast Guard and Civil Defence.

However, the crew of the trawler Nausicaa discovered the young man's body as they hauled in their nets on Friday.

 

Funeral

He was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where a post-mortem was due to take place.

His family are now making preparations for his funeral.

Mary said yesterday she would be relieved if the remains were confirmed as her son's.

"It's about getting him back now and having someplace where we can visit him.

There was never a question of foul play and it looks like whatever happened it was of his own accord, which is something that is very hard for any family to deal with."

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