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Doing ok Bernadette Connolly's daughter thanks people for support as she 'stays strong'

"The first few weeks of this was very intense (still is) but I needed to take some time to myself and be with my grandparents"

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Bernadette Connolly, 45, who has been missing from the Swords area of Dublin since Friday January 7 (Garda/PA)

Bernadette Connolly, 45, who has been missing from the Swords area of Dublin since Friday January 7 (Garda/PA)

Bernadette Connolly, 45, who has been missing from the Swords area of Dublin since Friday January 7 (Garda/PA)

The only daughter of missing woman Bernadette Connolly has thanked people for “all the lovely messages” after posting an update on her Instagram page. 

Her devastated daughter Jade also thanked followers for checking in on her to see how she is.

Jade’s mum was last seen on Friday, January 7, when she was dropped off by a taxi at the car park of the Shoreline Hotel, Donabate, before walking towards the entrance to the beach.

Now, six weeks later, Jade has written how she is keeping her head up for her mum.

Jade said: "Hi guys, thanks for all the lovely messages and checking in to see how I am.

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Jade Connolly

Jade Connolly

Jade Connolly

"I am doing ok. The first few weeks of this was very intense (still is) but I needed to take some time to myself and be with my grandparents.

"We are all taking it day by day and doing all we can."

The heartbroken daughter added: "A lovely man told me before, 'Jade, at some time in life we all have a cross to bear', and this is mine.

"I continue to keep my head high and stay strong for her, we miss her so much."

Numerous people have left supportive messages in response to the post with one person writing: “You're incredibly strong, your mam would be so, so proud of you."

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Another added: “Sending you and your family love and prayers.”

Another person told Jade: “you are in my thoughts....look after yourself and be kind to yourself.”

Another added: “Thinking of you in NYC, praying your beautiful mum will be home with you soon.”

One other person has added: “You're such a strong girl Jade, I pray for you and your family everyday please God you'll get some news soon.”

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A picture of Bernadette posted by her daughter Jade

A picture of Bernadette posted by her daughter Jade

A picture of Bernadette posted by her daughter Jade

One said: “My heart goes out to you and your grandparents. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you are all in. You are doing all you can and being strong for your mam. I worked with her in the airport. Lovely lady. Very much in my thoughts.”

Bernadette has been described as 5ft 6in with a slim build, black hair and hazel eyes.

The missing mum was last seen wearing a black Nike training top, black Nike leggings and black trainers with a white sole and a black woolly hat with black bobble.

Earlier in February, Jade marked one month since her mum’s disappearance in an emotional interview with Pat Kenny.

Speaking about how CCTV footage had captured Bernadette walking towards the entrance of the Beach, Jade said: “I was told that the probability of seeing her on CCTV would be rare, but this [new footage] has proved it’s possible.

"They’re able to make out, with her timelines, that that was her at 12:46. I have to remain hopeful.”

“She walked right down to the very end of a beach and took a picture - the Malahide Grand hotel was in view. That was at 12:38pm.”

"Then her belongings were found back up the way by a man at 2:50pm. He found her coat and her bag, and her phone was in her coat pocket,” she said.

“Her belongings were found up high - they weren’t right near the water or anything. They were up nearer the dunes.”

While her mother wasn’t a swimmer, she did like to paddle her feet in the water.

“There was a pink towel [with a red trim] … found close to where the coat and bag were. We can’t be sure if that is my mam’s towel, but it’s something we’re being open-minded about.”

Jade said Donabate beach is not somewhere she would usually go for a walk.

“We’d be used to going to Malahide, Portmarnock and Howth. That’s not to say she’s never been there before, but just not with me.”

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Bernadette Connolly seen on CCTV walking from the car park of the Shoreline Hotel, Donabate, towards the entrance to Donabate beach (An Garda Siochana/PA)

Bernadette Connolly seen on CCTV walking from the car park of the Shoreline Hotel, Donabate, towards the entrance to Donabate beach (An Garda Siochana/PA)

Bernadette Connolly seen on CCTV walking from the car park of the Shoreline Hotel, Donabate, towards the entrance to Donabate beach (An Garda Siochana/PA)

“She said to the taxi man that she was meeting a friend. We just don’t know.”

Devastated about her mother’s disappearance, she said there are many questions her family needs answered.

"Where is she? Is she on land? Is she on the water? We’re open-minded about the whole thing… while some items have been found, we have no evidence to suggest she’s in the sea either.

“You’re trying to be optimistic, but I’m not in denial about the situation either.

"Until I have her, I can’t give up. I can’t sit back and not do anything.

“For me, not knowing would be the worst. If you did know, you could try to learn to grieve and have her back and give her what she deserves. For all I know, she could have gone off with a friend - that this friend knows that all this is going on and she’s missing.”

“Was it a tragic accident, that the waves got too strong and pulled her in when she was paddling her feet? There are so many things to think about,” she said, adding: “All I know is I need to keep going with this.”

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