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Renewed appeal Family of missing mum of seven Barbara Walsh in plea to help 'bring her home'

The appeal was issued on the anniversary of the disappearance of the 33-year-old who who had seven children.


Barbara Walsh was last seen 36 years ago

Barbara Walsh was last seen 36 years ago

Barbara Walsh was last seen 36 years ago

The family of a woman missing for 36 years have said they want to know where she is so they can bring her home and lay her to rest.

The family of Barbara Walsh (nee Lydon) was speaking as gardai and Crimestoppers issued a renewed appeal for information into the disappearance of the "dedicated mother and wife" who was last seen at her home in Rusheenamanagh, Carna, on June 22, 1985, at approximately 4am.

The appeal was issued on the anniversary of the disappearance of the 33-year-old who who had seven children.

Barbara held a party at her house on the Friday night (June 21) and her family have not seen or heard from her since.

Gardai in Galway who have been working closely with Barbara’s family over the years have said they believe that individuals in the Gaeltacht community may have information that could provide the family with some answers.

They have appealed to the wider Carna community for their assistance, adding that her children, siblings and extended family want to know what happened.

"An Garda Síochána in Galway continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Barbara’s disappearance,” Detective Sergeant Colm Mac Donnachadha said. “This continues to be a live investigation and we are grateful to the public for the assistance we have gotten to date.

“Carna is a close-knit Gaeltacht community and we believe there are people in this community who may have information that can help our investigation.

“We are appealing to the people in the community surrounding Rusheenamanagh to come forward with any piece of information however small and allow An Garda Síochána to evaluate its importance in unlocking this mystery”.

Detective Sergeant Mac Donnachadha added: “We are conscious that we now live in a very different era to 1985 and now with that passage of time, people may feel more comfortable sharing information with us.

"Barbara Walsh was a dedicated mother and wife and her disappearance has caused great anxiety and worry to her young family who are now adults and parents themselves. Ahead of what would be her 70th birthday, we are asking those with information, no matter how insignificant they think it is, to make contact with us.

"By partnering with Crimestoppers as part of this appeal, those with information may benefit from a cash reward for supplying information that leads to a significant development in the case. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Crimestoppers confidential phone line 1800 250 025, or alternatively you can contact your local Garda station,” Detective Sergeant Mac Donnachadha said.

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Barbara’s daughter, Jacqueline Walsh said: "We know our mother did not leave us on the morning of June 22, 1985. Not knowing what has happened to her all these years has taken a significant toll on us all as a family. We just want to know where she is so we can bring her home, and lay her to rest.

"We are appealing to anyone who has information - now is the time to come forward. We want our mother back, we want to know what happened on June 22, 1985, and we want that information to come to light, no matter what that might mean,” she said.

In January 2015 a full case review was conducted that included a series of planned searches at that time, and since, by investigating gardaí with the assistance of the Garda Technical Bureau and cadaver dog from the UK and also a forensic anthropologist.

Gardai say they will continue to act on any information that the public can provide to find answers for Barbara’s family who, they say, are desperate to find their mother.

“An Garda Síochána is also liaising with Interpol in respect of this investigation and have been unable to find any information which would indicate that Barbara Walsh left this jurisdiction,” they added.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025, Salthill Garda Station on 091-514720, any Garda Station, the confidential line 1800 666 111.

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