Local searches continued today (Monday, 13th) from early morning in the hope of locating missing Gorey woman Deirdre Redmond (50) after she was last seen leaving her home in Garden City at approximately 2pm on Saturday afternoon, July 11.
Deirdre's family released an appeal after reporting her missing on Saturday evening, some hours after she didn't return from a trip into town to run her usual errands, something they described as 'completely out of character'.
Deirdre has short red/dark hair, is approximately 5ft 6" in height and of slim build. When last seen she was wearing a purple top and dark jeans.
Her family are concerned for her well-being and have sought Garda assistance in tracing her, but help and assistance has come from all across the community with searches taking place consistently for the last two days.
Another search began yesterday (Monday) morning from the Naomh Eanna GAA grounds, and searches by the Courtown/Arklow Coast Guard Unit and Courtown RNLI Lifeboat are continuing after a sighting was reported on Sea Road in Ballymoney on Saturday afternoon.
The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 117 has reported good visibility but nothing sighted.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gorey Garda Station on 053 9430690 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Gardaí in Gorey said that they will maintaining a presence at the Naomh Eanna GAA complex over the next couple of days, describing the location as the 'unofficial search headquarters'.
Sergeant Stephen Ennis of Gorey Garda Station said that the search for Deirdre will remain a local search at this time.
'We have now confirmed a latest sighting of Deidre on the Sea Road in Ballymoney, Gorey, at 3.20 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. We are happy that the sightings and CCTV footage are correct.
'It is a tough time for the family, but the goodwill of the community will help them get through it. We are getting a lot of help from the Coastguard, Civil Defence and the general public, we owe them a lot of thanks.
'Anyone who wants to assist in the search is asked make contact through the station or the Naomh Eanna club,' he said.
Speaking to Deirdre's son Jason Redmond, he said that the family will not give up on the search and are hopeful she will be found.
'On Saturday she was the same as she was normally when she left, absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. She was calm, the same as she'd usually be.
'If she went up the town on a Saturday, normally she'd be back in an hour or two. So we started to get worried then at about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. as it would be at a real push that she'd stay out that late.
'When it started hitting 7 p.m., 8 p.m., that's when it started to hit us. My father Pat and I were out searching and walking for 24 hours straight with mostly close family. I put the appeal out online that evening because we knew something was up,' he said.
Deirdre is known locally as a popular woman, and mother of three. She is a full-time family carer to her youngest child Niamh, who is 23 and has autism and is non verbal.
Her family are particularly involved with the sporting community, known particularly well in GAA circles.
Deirdre's popularity was reflected in the level of support shown to her during the searches over the past few days, as Jason said that about 150 people showed up on Sunday morning to search in groups.
'The community support during the search operation has been phenomenal. People were out from 7 a.m. and there was still at least 100 people there at about 6 p.m. that evening. They were so willing to keep walking and keep going to their credit. They didn't even have lunch and most didn't even have a break.
'The support has been absolutely incredible and the community has just rallied around to help and support us. My mum is the type of person that if she knew someone or someone was missing in Gorey, she'd be the first person out,' said Jason. 'I have a positive outlook on everything and I'm hopeful we'll find her.'
So far, searches have taken place at Gorey Woods, the Ramsfort area, Garden City as well as Inch and Ballymoney.
The family are pleading with anyone who can help to show their support.
Councillor Joe Sullivan has been out searching for the last few days along with other councillors and members of the public. He described Deirdre as a very family-orientated woman.
'The family are very well known, well liked and respected which is a testament to them in the level of support during the search operation. I've known the family for more than 30 years and Deirdre is very dedicated to her family'.
Gardaí continue to appeal to anyone with information to come forward and Courtown RNLI lifeboat is urging people to be alert and report anything they see along the coast that may be cause for concern.