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RIP Funeral takes place for Cork man as body identified 17 years after he vanished

Gardai last week confirmed that skeletal remains found off Hugh Coveney Pier, Co Cork were those of Barry Coughlan who was reported missing in May 2004


Barry Coughlan RIP.

Barry Coughlan RIP.

Barry Coughlan RIP.

Condolences have poured in for a young Cork man whose remains were discovered seventeen years after he vanished. 

The funeral for Barry Coughlan has taken place privately, his death notice on RIP.ie states.

It adds that Barry of Crosshaven, Co Cork is the beloved son of Jim and Marie (nee O'Keeffe), and loving brother of Donna (Smyth).

"Sadly missed by his loving family, brother in law Kieran, nephew Aaron, niece Ellie, extended family and a large circle of friends,” the notice states, adding that the family “would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported them over the last 17 years.”

Gardai last week confirmed that skeletal remains found off Hugh Coveney Pier, Co Cork were those of Barry who was reported missing in May 2004.

Officers were first notified when a submerged car was discovered by divers on May 26 of this year.

The scene was preserved as the Garda Water Unit conducted a search operation and were able to extract the car from the water the following day.

The car was technically examined and later confirmed as a red Toyota with the registration plate. 98-C-18625.

Gardaí discovered the skeletal remains during the technical examination. They were later transferred to Cork City Morgue where an examination was carried out.

The results of the examination, and DNA analysis by Forensic Science Ireland confirmed the identity of the remains.

Barry was last seen outside the Moonduster Inn between 1.30am and 2am on Saturday morning, May 1, 2004.

In the years that followed, Barry’s younger sister Donna campaigned tirelessly, trying to keep her brother’s case in the spotlight.

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The Coughlan family said it was completely out of character for the 23-year-old who was making plans for the future that included buying a house, to vanish.

People have been flooding the condolences section of the RIP.ie page with messages of support.

“Such a long and heart breaking wait for you all. May you find comfort knowing that Barry is at peace in his resting place now,” one Cork mother has written.

“You are now at peace, as you lay him to rest. Now you can breath and grieve for you son and brother,” another added.

"Deepest and sincere sympathy to all of Barry's family. May God bless all of you for the many years of not knowing and grant Barry everlasting peace and rest in Heaven,” a Tipperary family has added.

“The last 17 years must have been a nightmare for ye.. your lovely son has finally been returned home. Condolences to Barry's mam, dad, sister and extended family. Rest in peace Barry," one sympathiser has added.

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