Search for missing woman hampered by poor weather

Search for missing woman hampered by poor weather

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South-westerly winds are expected to increase strong to gale force this weekend – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

The search for a woman feared missing in North Clare has been temporarily suspended because of deteriorating weather conditions.

Gardaí from Co Offaly have been searching for a 54-year-old woman from Tullamore who was last seen on Monday. Gardaí have issued an appeal for the public’s assistance in tracing the woman.

It’s now understood that Gardaí on patrol in Co Clare located a vehicle in the vicinity of the Cliffs of Moher late on Tuesday night and after an initial inquiries and a search of the area, requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard.

At around 3.00am on Wednesday, volunteers from the Doolin unit of Coast Guard commenced a search of the cliff walk in an effort to locate the woman.

The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, also joined the search at first light on Wednesday. The helicopter crew carried further searches later in the day and again yesterday flying several times between Hags Head to the south and Doolin Point to the north of the cliffs.

Volunteers from the Kilkee and Killaloe units of the Coast Guard joined in the operation on Thursday assisting colleagues from Doolin and Gardaí from Ennistymon with searching a large area of coastline and lands adjacent to the cliff trail.

Rescue 115 has also been involved in the search operation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The search has since been suspended however because of poor weather. Coastal searches are not expected to take place today or tomorrow while a decision on whether the operation will resume on Sunday will be dependent on the weather forecast in the area.

South-westerly winds are expected to increase from strong to gale force in the area of the Clare coast over the next few days.

Gardaí in Tullamore have appealed for the public’s assistance tracing the woman’s whereabouts.

The missing woman has been described as being 5’7 inches of a medium build, with blue eyes and short blonde hair. When last seen, she was wearing a pink fleece, black tracksuit bottoms and black runners with pink writing and trim.

While the search is being coordinated locally by Gardaí from Ennistymon, anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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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.

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