The late Aengus 'Gussie' Shanahan
THE FAMILY of the late Aengus Shanahan have launched a new campaign to “get justice for Gussie” after he went missing in Limerick city almost 20 years ago.
Gussie Shanahan, 20, was reported missing after he was last seen at Old School House Lane, near Barrington Street on February 11, 2000.
His partial remains were discovered on a small island in Bunratty in October 2001. However, it was not until October 2018 that gardai were able to match Gussie’s DNA to the remains, thanks to enhanced technology.
Gussie was eventually laid to rest next to his late mother Nancy in November 2019.
This week, the Shanahans have launched a new campaign in a bid to source more information in connection to his death.
As part of the campaign, they will launch a new Facebook page, a poster and have already launched a confidential phone line for those who wish to give information in private.
Speaking about the campaign, Gussie’s sister Grainne told Live95: “What has happened over the last 19 years, information has come in, whether it has gone to missing helplines, or whether people rang my dad or called to the house. Some of that information is a little bit sketchy. It has kind of been lost in the 19 years, so we want to go back and revisit all that again. So we are appealing to people to come back wit that information again. However small they feel it might be, it could be that small piece of the puzzle that could put everything together.
“From this week, we have launched a private mobile number, a confidential line. It will be strictly confidential, and asking people to come forward with any information. However irrelevant they think it may be, it might put everything together.”
She said there has been fresh information since his death was confirmed, but was unable to discuss due to the ongoing investigation.
Ms Shanahan added that she is appealing to the person who contacted her father Bob Shanahan a number of years ago in relation to Gussie to make contact again.
“We are six months on since we buried Aengus and we all had to take time to heal our hearts and digest everything that has happened, just let the reality come to us all, really,” Ms Shanahan said this Monday morning.
“It was such a big shock to us all. So, six months on, seven months on, now we have kind of built the strength up to get to the next chapter of Aengus’ story. Because, as we all know, up to now, we have been looking for a missing person. Now he has been returned to us, and now we are at the stage where we want to get answers and to find out and get justice for Gussie.”
The private number for anyone with information is 087 1222950.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Roxboro Road garda station at 061 214340, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.