Found Deceased Ireland - Dennis Walsh, 23, Limerick, 19 Mar 1996

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  1. imjustagirl123

    imjustagirl123 Justice for Morgan and Hannah

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    Dennis has been missing from the family home in Limerick since 9 March 1996. Dennis is 6 feet tall, eyes are blue, hair is fair and build is medium. He left the house one afternoon and never returned. Despite items on TV and in the newspapers, where some suspected sightings were reported, we have heard nothing from him since. Obviously we would very much like to hear from him if he is still alive. In the first six months after his disappearance, there were a number of reported sightings of Dennis some around Limerick and also in Ennis and Dub City. A person like him was also reported boarding the Isle of Man Ferry at Belfast. But nothing has come so far from these sightings and there have not been any more sightings since. Any sightings of Dennis should be reported to the Gardai in Limerick (Mayorstone) Phone +353-61-456980. or the Missing Persons Helpline at 1890 442 552.


    Photo at around time he went missing plus age progressed photo at link http://www.garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=6866&Lang=1

    More info http://www.missingpersons.ie/missing/view-missing-person.html?mp=87
     


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    Were there any signs of depression or another mental illness? Many young men are great at hiding their struggles and end up committing suicide sadly...

    He seems to have auburn hair but very light eyebrows.
     
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    Bumping photo of Dennis Walsh, plus age progressed pic.
    http://www.garda.ie/Controller.aspx?Page=6866&Lang=1
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    The family of a missing Limerick man have been informed by gardaí that his remains were actually discovered in 1996, a few weeks after he disappeared.

    Denis Walsh was 23 years old when he went missing, after walking out of his home in Caherdavin for what was the final time on March 9th, 1996.

    Over the years since, Mr Walsh’s parents, Denis Snr and Mary, have made appeals for information and even travelled abroad to follow up on a number of reported sightings of their missing son.

    Mr and Mrs Walsh told this reporter that they were visited by two members of An Garda Síochana over the weekend, who informed them that gardaí had received confirmation that human remains found in 1996 belong to their son.

    When members of the family went to visit their local Garda station on Saturday they were told there was no further information at that time.
    In response to questions, a Garda spokesman said: “On the 9th of March 1996, Mr Denis Walsh, Caherdavin, Limerick, was reported missing to gardaí at Mayorstone Park Garda station in Limerick. The missing person investigation file remained open until now.”

    “In April 1996, an unidentified body was recovered off Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co Galway. This unidentified body was taken to the Mortuary in UCHG [University College Hospital Galway].“

    “Bodily samples were taken and forwarded to the Forensic Science laboratory in an effort to identify the deceased. These samples were examined in July 2008, March 2011 & June 2017, with negative results for a match.“

    “On the 5th of February 2021, gardaí in Mayorstone were notified of a positive match following advances in DNA. The remains were positively identified from reference samples from both parents as that of Mr Walsh. The family have been notified.”

    Mr Walsh’s heartbroken parents said they have further questions, as they try to come to terms with the news.

    They said they are awaiting information on the whereabouts of their son’s remains, and whether their son’s remains are full or partial remains.

    Mr Walsh was remembered at his local church over the weekend, and his parents are continuing to pray for his remains to be returned to them as soon as possible to allow them to organise a funeral service and finally lay him to rest.
    Speaking this morning, Denis Walsh Snr said he and his wife have been left “shocked” and “bewildered” by the news, but that they were “also happy” their son had been found.

    “We’re bewildered by the whole thing, we have suffered enormously for the past 25 years, and I haven’t slept over the past three nights,” Mr Walsh said.

    “We still don’t know where his remains are,” he added.

    “If Denis was found in April 1996, that’s only a month after he went missing, so were the dental records checked,” he asked.

    “We have been going around for 25 years looking for Denis. We went to Cork, Kerry, Dublin, Fermanagh, England,” he said.

    “I’m happy Denis has been found.”

    Mike Walsh, a brother of the deceased, said the family were “trying to process all of this information“.

    “I’m a bit numb,” he said.

    “We are definitely pleased Denis’s body was found; now the constant thinking and wondering is over, and we have something [tangible] to work with,” he said.

    Gardaí have been asked for further comment surrounding Mr Walsh’s remains.

    Sightings
    The details around why and how Mr Walsh went missing remain unclear. Despite a number of reported sightings of him in the days after he was reported missing, his trail soon ran cold.


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    A security manager working at the Seacat Ferry in Belfast contacted gardaí in May 1996 after he watched an appeal for information about Mr Walsh’s whereabouts on the Crimecall television programme.

    The man told gardaí he believed he had seen Mr Walsh waiting to catch a ferry to the Isle of Man. When the security manager checked, a ticket in the name of “Walsh” had been cashed in, unused.

    The Walsh case is similar to that of the unrelated 2000 disappearance of Aengus Shanahan – also from Limerick – in that Mr Shanahan’s partial remains were discovered washed up near Bunratty, Co Clare, in 2001, but were not identified until 2018, after advances in DNA technology.

    Mr Shanahan’s family believe he was murdered, however gardaí continue to keep an open mind about the circumstances around his disappearance.
     
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    RIP Dennis You can be laid to rest now. This is strange though that the police had the body all along.
     
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    Although it's certainly not the outcome anyone wished for, finally Dennis's family knows what became of him. It's tragic that they have suffered, wondering, for so long. I just hope that his remains can be located for them.

    R.I.P., Dennis.
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    Thanks the heavens his parents finally have some answers. Their pain must be unimaginable. RIP Denis
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    Family members of all those who have gone missing should be asked to give DNA, a retired detective who headed up missing persons cases has said.

    Alan Bailey said this should happen following the revelation that missing person Denis Walsh’s parents only found out last weekend their son’s body had been found over 25 years ago.

    Denis went missing in March 1996, and despite his remains being found on the shore of Inis Mór in April of that same year, he went unidentified until last week.

    “We lived for 25 years hoping that someday he might ring or come back in the front door and now our hopes have been shattered,” Denis’ father Denis Sr said.
    Families of long-term missing persons should give DNA sample - former Cold Case Garda says in light of Denis Walsh case
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    Denis (23) left his family home at Caherdavin, Co Limerick, in March 1996 and his family never gave up hope that they would one day be reunited with him.

    Last Friday they received the crushing news that his body was found on the shore of Inis Mór on the Aran Islands on April 7, 1996. His remains went unidentified for almost 25 years.

    Denis's brother Mike last night said gardaí had informed them his remains were buried in a communal grave at Bohermore Cemetery in Galway in 2014
    'Our hopes are shattered' - family told that body found 25 years ago is missing son
     
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    Funeral held for man who went missing in 1996

    The funeral has been taking place in Limerick of Denis Walsh, who went missing in 1996 at the age of 23.

    Following a positive identification using the latest DNA technology earlier this year, the body was exhumed in Galway yesterday and brought to Limerick for today’s funeral.

    The funeral heard how Mr Walsh loved all sports and also had a great affection for the environment, as well as being a talented poet.
     
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    How incredibly sad for his family - that Denis's body had been found so soon after he went missing and the link was not made back in 1996.
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    A coroner has called for the establishment of a database of unidentified human remains found in the State, to help assist identify body parts and return remains to their loved ones.

    Galway West Coroner, Dr Ciarán MacLoughlin, said this database should be shared across all Garda stations and coroners’ offices in the Republic.

    There is currently no official record of how many unidentified bodies or remains are stored in hospital mortuaries or buried in graves.

    Dr MacLoughlin was speaking at the inquest this week into the death of Denis Walsh jnr, whose family was informed last February that his partial remains had in fact been discovered 25 years previously, held in a hospital mortuary for 18 years and eventually buried in a communal grave in Co Galway.
    Coroner says 25 years it took to identify remains of Denis Walsh ‘compounded’ family’s trauma
     
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    I am glad to hear about the coroner calling for the establishment of a database of unidentified human remains found in the State, to help assist identify body parts and return remains to their loved ones.
     
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    Family of missing man faced 'tremendous frustration'

    The brother of Denis Walsh has said that the 25-year delay in identifying his remains is a "source of tremendous frustration".

    Denis Walsh, 23, disappeared from Limerick in March 1996, less than a month before his body was discovered on the shoreline at Inis Mór, off Galway Bay.

    However, his family were only told that he had been found last year.
     
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