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Body of missing Dublin woman Bernadette Connolly has been found in Blackpool, UK

"This is a tragedy no family should have to bear"

Clodagh Meaney

The daughter of missing Dublin woman Bernadette Connolly has confirmed that her mother’s body has been found.

Taking to Instagram, Jade Connolly confirmed that the 45-year-old who has been missing from January 7th was found on a beach in Blackpool, UK.

“I write this message with a heavy heart,” she began.

“My family and I have received tragic news that a woman’s body was recovered from a beach in Blackpool UK and its confirmed to be my beloved mam Bernadette Connolly.

“We will always remember her smile, strong character and love. Mam and I have had 30 years together, for that I am grateful, and our memories will live forever.

"This experience has been incredibly difficult for us and we couldn't have done it alone.

"From day one my family and I received so much unconditional and tireless support across the nation and worldwide, for which we can’t express enough gratitude.

“This is a tragedy no family should have to bear, so we ask please that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”

A picture of Bernadette posted by her daughter Jade

Bernadette was last seen when she was dropped by taxi at the carpark of the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate and walking towards the entrance to Donabate Beach.

The last known activity of the mum of one was when took a photograph on her mobile phone of Malahide Bay from the end of Donabate Beach at 12.38pm.

Bernadette’s black coat and handbag, which contained her phone, were later found on the beach.

In a previous address to the media, Jade said there were so many questions that her beloved family needed to be 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," she said.

“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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