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Family and friends of woman missing for 16 months search forested area

Bridget Madigan
Bridget Madigan

FRIENDS and family of a missing Tipperary woman are to hold searches this week of a forested area they believe could hold the key to her disappearance.

Bridget Madigan vanished without a trace from the town of Clonmel over a year ago, and in the months after her disappearance she failed to collect her social welfare cheques or medication from a local pharmacy.

Her cousin Olivia Madigan spoke this week of her grave concern for the 38-year-old, who was last seen 16 months ago.

Friends of the missing woman will search the Nire Valley outside the town this week, after suspicious activity was reported there shortly after a publicised search was announced for the mountain area last summer. 

Gardaí have conducted numerous enquiries in Clonmel, Waterford and Cork, but no solid leads have emerged. Now Olivia has appealed to the public to get answers.

“She’s deeply missed and loved. She’s gone over a year-and-a-half. Something is wrong, it’s just wrong. 

“She was a happy-go-lucky girl. Her sister died a year earlier and she was heartbroken. Bridget was kind of lost without Tara. I’m appealing to people to come forward if they have any information.

“It’s the not knowing. I just want to try and jog someone’s memory. Someone might have seen something in Clonmel when she was last seen and come forward. Somebody has to know something.”

She had been in London with her family for months before returning to Clonmel on February 2 for six days.

Friends of the missing girl believe CCTV footage on the street where she stayed in those days could help to solve the mystery.

Olivia said she grew deeply concerned when she heard her cousin hadn’t picked up her welfare cheques or medication since February 2016.

“The woman in the post office knew there was something wrong because even when Bridget was gone to England she would make sure her money was wired over,” she said.

Deputy Mayor of Clonmel Catherine Carey said she has had a meeting with the Chief Superintendent of Tipperary Catherine Kehoe last week in relation to the case.

She said: “I’ve raised it with the Chief Superintendent and she says it is an ongoing case and they are doing everything possible.

“We now want to help the case along and jog people’s memories, if they have seen Bridget or know anything, to come forward to the police.”

Bridget is described as 5ft 4in in height with long brown and blonde hair. When last seen she was wearing black knee-high boots with gold around the heel and sole, a black padded long jacket and black leggings.