Body recovered at Cliffs of Moher

Body recovered at Cliffs of Moher


Doolin Coast Guard Cliff Search

A body was been recovered from the base of the Cliffs of Moher this afternoon.

The discovery was made late yesterday however a recovery operation was not mounted until lunchtime today.

Gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard had been searching for a man in his 50’s from Dublin who was reported missing on Tuesday.

A search got underway early on Wednesday after a car the man is understood to have been driving, was found in a carpark at the cliffs.

Late yesterday, shortly before the search was due to be stood down for the night, Coast Guard personnel spotted a body on the shoreline at the base of the cliffs.

The Garda Water Unit was alerted and requested to be available to assist if it was confirmed that body was in the same location this morning.

While the body had been moved with the tide overnight, it was still visible on the shore and so Garda divers were called in.

Doolin Coast Guard Boats 1

Two divers swam ashore and recovered the remains at around 1.30pm.

The body was taken back to the Coast Guard station in Doolin and later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination will be carried out.

The three day search also involved An Garda and members of the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard. Volunteers from Kilkee were on standby to assist over the weekend if the search had continued.

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.