• A 13-year-old boy who had been missing in the Carrowmore-Lacken area since Friday has been found safe and well.

    Jake Bagnell went missing at around 9.30am on Friday morning.

    Gardai confirmed to Midwest News this morning that Jake has been found safe and well.

    They thanked the hundreds of local volunteers who have helped in the search since Friday and say without their assistance they may not have located Jake so quickly.

  • A 15 year old teenager reported missing in Castlebar since the weekend was located safe and well yesterday evening.

    The gardai have thanked the public for their assistance.

  • Gardaí in Ballina are continuing their efforts to locate a Crossmolina woman missing for a number of days now.

    Patricia O’Donnell, aged 61 years, was last seen on Tuesday (7th January) in the town of Crossmolina, a member of her family last heard from her on Wednesday night last.

    She is described as being 5’ 2” in height, of slim build, with long blonde/fair hair. When last seen, she was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

    It is believed she left her home, travelling in a grey Toyota Yaris car.

    Gardaí and Patricia’s family are concerned for her safety and are asking anyone who may know where Patricia is or who may have seen her to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


  • The family of an Achill native who went missing in Holland are reported to have hired a Dutch crime investigator to help them solve the mystery of his disappearance according to the Irish Sun.

    James Patrick Grealis went missing from Breda in Holland in October 2008 after leaving a guesthouse in Breda to look for work.

    His family do not believe the 24-year-old carpenter left the country deliberately or broke off contact deliberately.

    James Patrick had been living and working in Holland since April 2007, however on October 17th of 2008 he was laid off from his job in Eindhoven and travelled to Breda to look for work.

    He knew the town well, as he had previously lived and worked there. But on October 23rd of that year he checked out of a hostel in Breda and has not been seen since.

    JP’s sister Helen told the Irish Sun that they have never given up the hope they will find him.

    The Grealis family said that they had been given little help from the Dutch police.

    Anyone with any information can contact the Facebook page set up to try and find JP.


  • Gardai are appealing for help in tracing a 43 year old man missing from the Galway area.

    Fergal Guilfoyle was last seen in the Newcastle Road area on Tuesday 15th of December.

    He is described as being 5'9", with dark receding hair, of slight build with blue eyes.

    When last seen, Fergal was wearing a navy jacket, dark blue jeans and a cream beanie hat.

    Gardaí and Fergal's family are very concerned for his welfare and would urge him to make contact.


  • Gardai again appeal for information on the disappearance of Sandra Collins of Killala who went missing 18years ago today, the 4th December 2000.

    On this day, 18 years ago, Sandra was reported missing in the Killala town area.

    Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty, the District Officer leading the investigation is today appealing to any person or persons who may be in a position to provide any information , no matter how small, in connection with Sandra’s disappearance to now come forward and make contact with the investigation team based in Ballina or with local gardai based in Killala or any member of the garda siochana.

    The contact number at Ballina garda station is 096 20560, or the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.

    Superintendent Doherty told Midwest News this morning that this is very much an ongoing investigation and he is appealing to anyone with any information to make contact with the gardai and assist them in bringing the matter to a conclusion for the sake of Sandra’s family.


  • Gardai are appealing for help in finding a missing 30 year-old woman from Sligo.

    Natalia Karaczyn hasn't been seen at her home in Crozon Park since early yesterday morning.

    She's 5 foot 8" in height, of slim build with green eyes and has medium length straight blond hair.

    She was wearing a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, a black jacket and black sandals with an open toe.

    Gardaí in Sligo are also looking for information about the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with the partial reg 09 DL.

  • Gardai in Ballina are continuing to appeal for public assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 22-year-old Margaret Lawrence.

    Margaret was last seen on Thursday morning last, the 11th of October, in Ballina.

    She is described as being approximately 5’ 3’’ tall, of thin build and with black shoulder length hair. When last seen she was wearing a grey tracksuit top and black boots.

    Anyone who has seen Margaret or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560 or any Garda Station.



    Gardaí are seeking the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of 54 year old Sean Spellman, who is missing from his home in Taughmaconnell, Co. Roscommon since the afternoon of Saturday 16th January, 2021.

    Sean was last seen when he left the family home at 2.30p.m. on Saturday afternoon. He was later seen on CCTV walking out of the town in the direction of Grace Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath at around 6p.m. He is described at being 5' 10" in height, with a slim build and bald.  When last seen Sean was wearing black rain jacket, black trousers, a grey, white and black stripped jumper, grey shoes with a beige sole.

    Gardaí and family are concerned for Sean's safety.

    Anyone with any information on Sean’s whereabouts are asked to contact Roscommon Garda Station on 090 6638300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.





    The Ballina woman who had been missing since last Thursday was located safe and well yesterday.

     Gardaí in Ballina have thanked the public for their assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 22-year-old Margaret Lawrence.


  • Tuam gardai have confirmed to Midwest News this morning that the 45 year old Tuam man that had been missing since he left work on Saturday night last has been located safe and well.

    The gardai have thanked the public for their assistance.

  • The Irish Coast Guard Coordination centre at Valentia is currently coordinating the extensive search of Galway Bay after two females aged 17 and 23 who were paddle boarding were reported overdue last night at 10:05pm just off Furbough, Co. Galway.  

    All available Air and Marine Rescue assets are currently being utilised in the search and the Coast Guard are liaising with An Garda Siochana at Salthill  in an effort to locate the  the two missing females.  

    Any sightings or information should be reported to the Coast Guard at MRSC Valentia  on 112 or 999.

  • Police in the UK are appealing for information to help locate a missing York man, a native of Achill Island.

    72 year old Joseph Cafferkey from the Acomb area of York, was last seen by a neighbour in York on Wednesday last, Sept 30th.

    Police officers have been carrying out searches in an attempt to locate him since he was reported missing, on Friday last, 2 October.

    His family are very concerned for his welfare, as his disappearance is described as “completely out of character”.

    North Yorkshire Police are urging anyone who sees Mr Cafferkey, or knows where he is, to immediately contact them.