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mystery Daughter of missing Bernadette Connolly marks 7 weeks since her disappearance

The 45-year-old went for a walk on Donabate beach and never made it home


Jade Connolly

Jade Connolly

Jade Connolly

The daughter of missing woman Bernadette Connolly has marked 7 weeks since her disappearance.

The 45-year-old, from Swords, has not been seen since Friday, January 7th.

Taking to Instagram, Jade Connolly shared a picture of her mother and said she just wants her back.

“7 weeks today you left your home,” she began.

“Everything that’s happened in that time… there’s been so much stuff I feel like I could write a book although I wouldn’t know where to start with it all… life has changed…”

“I have changed… you're giving me this strength I never knew I had in me.”

“I miss this exact look on your face…Telling me straight what you think and how it is… that’s what I love about you…Your smile, your laugh I see it all the time,” Jade continued.

“I just want you back because nobody can make this go away.”

Bernadette was last seen when she was dropped by taxi at the car park of the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate and walking towards the entrance to Donabate Beach at 11.56am that fateful Friday morning.

The missing mum of one then took a photograph of Malahide Bay from the end of Donabate Beach at 12.38pm.

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Appealing for information about her missing mother, Jade previously told reporters: "Nollaig na mBan was on January 6, also known as women's Christmas or little Christmas. That was a significant day people might remember. My mam went missing the next day.”

“This beach was active that day. People walked by my mam with dogs, people walked before my mam, so I’m appealing for anyone who took photographs on the beach that day, or maybe was on the beach that day and has dashcam footage, or maybe CCTV if they're living in a house nearby, to make it available,” she pleaded.

“I'm really appealing for people who were at the other end of the beach where the Malahide car park would be.”

Jade said that her mother is a frequent walker, but would usually walk the Portmarnock side or the Malahide end of the coast.


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

“She went about her usual routine. My mam is very solid woman. And everybody leans on my mam. She is like the Del Boy of women,” she said.

“She was in great form, and went about her day, made my granny and grandad breakfast and then she headed out.”

“She said ‘look Da, I fancy going out. Do you mind?’ and he said ‘go out and enjoy yourself, I'll see you later’.”

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

Both Jade and Gardaí have appealed for anyone who was on the beach that day to come forward.

Bernadette is described as being 5’6” in height, of slim build with hazel eyes, long black hair and a tattoo on her lower back.

When she was last seen, Bernadette was wearing a black Nike training top with a large white Nike tick logo on the front, black Nike leggings and black trainers with white soles.

She was also wearing a black woolly hat with a black bobble on top. She also may have had a pink or red coloured towel in her possession.

Anyone with any information on Bernadette’s whereabouts are asked to contact Swords Garda Station 016664700.

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