AS the fifteenth anniversary of the disappearance of Gussie Shanahan approaches, a renewed appeal for information will be broadcast on RTÉ television tonight.
Aengus “Gussie” Shanahan, the youngest of four children of Bob and Nancy, was last seen leaving the former Coopers bar on Joseph Street at around 10.30pm on February 11, 2000.
CCTV footage shows him leaving the premises and a woman, who was parking her car in the area at around the same time, told gardai she saw him walking in the direction of Barrington Street.
He was only 20 years old at the time of his disappearance and despite numerous searches and a nationwide appeal his whereabouts have never been identified.
While the garda investigation in Gussie’s disappearance has always remained open, it was one of around 200 cases examined by the Garda cold case unit, in recent years.
Ahead of a renewed appeal, which will be broadcast on the Crimecall programme tonight, a reconstruction of Gussie’s last known movements was recorded last week.
Sergeant Gearoid Thompson of Roxboro Road garda station says gardai believe there are people who have information about the disappearance of the 20-year-old.
“We feel that somebody somewhere knows what happened that night and what may appear small and trivial to one person could actually end up being of pivotal importance,” said Sgt Thompson, who will feature on tonight’s programme.
“We would ask any member of the public to come forward and talk to gardai first in the strictest of confidence, with a view to helping the family ascertain what happened Aengus on that night,” he added.
Presented by Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher-Hayes, tonight’s Crimecall programme will be broadcast at 9.35pm on RTÉ One television.