Gardaí appeal for information about missing man

Gardaí appeal for information about missing man


John Ryan who was last seen near Liscannor on June 7th - Photo: An Garda
John Ryan who was last seen near Liscannor on June 7th – Photo: An Garda

Gardaí have made a public appeal for information about a man missing in Co Clare since June 7th last.

29-year-old John Ryan, originally from Faranderry, Templemore Co Tipperary had been living in Bunratty Co Clare and previously worked with a company at Shannon Airport.

Mr Ryan, who was as student at Limerick I.T., was last seen at Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, Co. Clare driving a green Volkswagen Golf on the evening of June 7th.

The alarm was raised the following day when his car and a bag containing personal belongings were found near Hags Head on the southern end of the cliffs.

Irish Coast Guard volunteers from Doolin, Kilkee and Killaloe along with the Garda Water Unit and the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter have been searching the Clare coast for almost a fortnight.

John is described as 5”10, slim build, short brown hair and has green eyes.  He was wearing a light grey cardigan, black t-shirt, blue jeans and white runners.

Anyone who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Ennistymon Station on 065 707 2180, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

A body was recovered from the sea off Loop Head in Clare on Friday however it’s believed to be that of another man missing from north Kerry.

The alarm was raised shortly before 10am on Friday when the fishermen reported seeing what they believed to be a body in the water about a kilometre from the shore.

The RNLI lifeboat based at Kilrush responded to the alarm and quickly recovered a body from the water. A member of the volunteer crew was on board the fishing vessel at the time.

Two other men have been missing off the Clare coast since earlier in the year.

A 34-year-old Polish man, who had been living in Killaloe, is believed to have fallen to his death close to the lighthouse at Loop Head in January. With no sign of the man, the search for officially called off after four weeks.

In April, a man in his 30’s is believed to have fallen to his death from the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare however his body has not been recovered.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.