Missing Kilrush pensioner found safe

Missing Kilrush pensioner found safe


Kilrush RNLI and Kilkee Coast Guard assisted in the search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

An elderly man reported missing from his home in Co Clare on Monday afternoon was found safe and well last night.

A massive search was launched involving Gardaí, Irish Coast Guard, RLNI, local clubs and other members of the public.

A local shop in Kilrush remained open after hours and provided torches to members of the public to assist them in the search.

It’s understood the alarm was raised when family members called to the 82-year-old’s home at O’Gorman Street in Kilrush. It’s believed the man’s family became concerned for his safety when they heard his dog barking inside the house but there was no sign of the pensioner.

Gardaí mounted a search that involved a number of local clubs and organisations including the GAA and Chamber of Commerce.

Following reports that a person fitting the man’s description was see walking alone near the sea at Cappagh, the local volunteer RNLI unit launched their boat and carried out shore search. Other members walked the shoreline in search of the missing man.

The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard was also requested to assist in the search.

Gardaí in Kilrush have acknowledged the support from members of the public for their assistance and help in the search.

In a Facebook post, Gardaí offered “particular thanks to Kilrush GAA, Kilrush Chamber of Commerce and a special mention of thanks to the staff of SuperValu Kilrush for staying open and providing torches to searchers.”

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.