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Mother of Ciara Breen, girl missing from Dundalk since 1997, dies

Bernadette Breen died yesterday peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

1 Bernadette Breen Source: RTÉ

BERNADETTE BREEN, THE mother of missing Dundalk girl Ciara Breen, has died.

She passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday.

Bernadette had made a number of pleas over the years to those who may have had information regarding her daughter’s disappearance to come forward.

ciara Ciara Breen

Ciara Breen disappeared on 13 February 1997, after leaving her home in Dundalk to meet someone. She was never seen again.

A year ago, Bernadette told RTÉ’s Prime Time that “there are people out there who know” where her daughter is buried and urged them to come forward.

She was of the opinion that Ciara had been murdered and buried on bogland.

The chief suspect in Ciara’s disappearance, a man who had been twice in connection with it but never charged, died himself in 2016, something that Bernadette said made her feel “numb”.

Bernadette is survived by three brothers and a sister. Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday morning at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church in Dundalk.

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