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Poignant milestone Missing Amy Fitzpatrick's aunt says it's a 'sad day' ahead of 30th birthday vigil

Amy was just 15 years old when she disappeared after leaving a friend's house in the Costa del Sol in Spain on New Year's Day in 2008.

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Amy Fitzpatrick went missing in 2008

Amy Fitzpatrick went missing in 2008

Amy Fitzpatrick went missing in 2008

The family and friends of missing Irish girl Amy Fitzpatrick are holding a vigil today to mark her 30th birthday.

Amy was just 15 years old when she disappeared after leaving a friend's house in the Costa del Sol in Spain on New Year's Day in 2008.

The Dublin teenager was living in Mijas with her mother Audrey, brother Dean, and Audrey's partner Dave Mahon.

No trace of Amy has been found since leaving the home of her pal Ashley Rose after a sleepover.

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Missing Amy.

Missing Amy.

Missing Amy.

Today, a family friend has organised a vigil to mark her milestone birthday which will be held in The Sensory Garden in Edenmore in north Dublin.

It will take place at 5pm and attendees are asked to bring a candle to light for Amy.

Four of Amy's childhood pals will be among those gathering along with a priest.

Amy's bereft aunt Christine Kenny told sundayworld.com: "It's a sad day. The only way we can celebrate her birthday is the way we're doing it now, doing a little vigil with a priest saying a small service, we're going to have candles lighting."

About 30-40 people are expected to attend and Christine says the garden is a "special place" to remember her beloved niece.

"It's going to be done as it should be, she deserves to be out there. We're just doing what we can. It's just to make memories for her birthday."

Christine also revealed she is continuing her campaign to get Amy's cold case reviewed despite the fact Spanish cops have told the family they don't do cold case reviews.

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Recently Christine and Amy's dad Christopher Fitzpatrick set up a petition for an EU-wide right to a cold case for all missing people abroad.

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Christine and Amy’s father Christopher now looking to the EU.

Christine and Amy’s father Christopher now looking to the EU.

Christine and Amy’s father Christopher now looking to the EU.

The family are fighting for the automatic right for a cold case review for relatives of missing people abroad at intervals of one year, five years and 10 years for all of the EU, and for the families to receive a briefing from the police.

They plan to present the petition to the EU Parliament and the Irish Government.

Christine told sundayworld.com that they have collected over 5,400 signatures by now.

"We're waiting, trying to get the Department of Foreign Affairs. It's very hard to get the signatures.

"At the end of the day, the Irish Government let that child down, she was an Irish citizen."

The petition is available to sign here.

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