Garda appeal

  • Gardai in Belmullet are appealing for assistance in tracing a 16-year-old boy missing since Tuesday.

    Paddy McDonagh was last seen at around 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening in the Belderrig area.

    He's described as 5 foot 11 in height, of slight build and with blue eyes and short brown hair.

    When last seen, Paddy was wearing a grey or green padded jacket and black tracksuit bottoms with a grey stripe.

    Anyone who's seen him or can help finding him is asked to contact Gardai in Belmullet at 097 – 81910.


  • Gardai have today issued a renewed appeal for information into the disappearance of 33 year-old Barbara Walsh (nee Lydon), who went missing from her home in Connemara over three decades ago.

     Today marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of the mother of seven.

    On Friday the 21st of June 1985, Barbara held a party at her house in Rusheenamanagh in Carna. She was last seen at her home at 4am the following morning, and her family have not seen or heard from her since.

    Gardai and Crimestoppers have now issued a fresh appeal for information, and in particular, they're appealing to the community in Carna for their assistance, as they believe individuals in that Gaeltacht community have information which may provide Barbara's family with some answers.

     Gardai in Galway have been working with Barbara's family over the years to find out what happened to her, and a full case review was carried out in 2015.

    A series of planned searches were also carried out at that time, and since, including searches in the area around her home in Rusheenamanagh.

    Gardai say they will continue to act on any information that the public can provide with a view to finding answers for Barbara’s family, who are desperate to find their mother.

     An Garda Síochána is also liaising with Interpol in this investigation, but have been unable to find any information which would indicate that Barbara Walsh left this country and travelled elsewhere.

     Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025, and may benefit from a cash reward for supplying information.

    Alternatively, Salthill Garda Station can be contacted on 091-514720, or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.



  • Gardai are renewing their appeal for information following the discovery of a pipe bomb in Tuam last month.

    Members of the Army bomb disposal team from Athlone attended the scene on the morning of May 12, and made the area safe.

    However, it was established that this was a viable explosive device. 

    Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of Weir Road in Tuam from approximately 10pm on Tuesday night May 11 and 8.30am on Thursday May 12 and who may have information to contact them at Tuam Garda Station on (093) 70840 or call the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 - particularly anyone with video or dash cam footage.