Mystery of 31 the missing Limerickmen

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

OVER 30 men have gone missing in Limerick over the last 33 years, it has emerged after a fresh appeal was made this week on the anniversary of one of Limerick’s disappeared.

OVER 30 men have gone missing in Limerick over the last 33 years, it has emerged after a fresh appeal was made this week on the anniversary of one of Limerick’s disappeared.

Tosh Lavery, spokesperson for the Searching for the Missing, said the number of missing men in Limerick is much higher than the average for any other county in Ireland, outside of Dublin.

One of the founding members of the organisation, the former garda with the diving unit said it’s peculiar that three Limerick men who worked in Dell disappeared within months of each other in the city.

They were Des Walsh, Gussie Shanahan, and Martin Carroll, who went missing in 1998-2000.

An appeal was made this week for any information about Des Walsh, who was reported missing 13 years ago this week after he failed to turn up for his shift as a Securicor night guard at Dell.

The Dromkeen native was 23 at the time of his disappearance on September 18, 1999.

He was last seen at 2am on that date coming out of the “Works” nightclub in Bedford Row, and prior to that, he had been in Costello’s Tavern and the Glentworth Hotel.

There are reports that he was seen, after he left the nightclub, near Harvey’s Quay. He left behind his clothes, bank card, keys to his flat, passport, and his bank account has not been touched.

Six months later 20-year old Limerick man Gussie Shanahan, from the Ennis Road, also disappeared.

“There must be people out there who have information, are now older and might have had a change in conscience as parents or grandparents themselves,” said Mr Lavery.

“If the IRA can hand over the disappeared then surely others can too,” he added.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Des Walsh, or any other missing Limerickman, can contact Roxboro gardai in confidence on 061 214340.