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Daughter of missing Dublin woman (45) makes plea for information as Gardaí release footage

Gardaí are at Donabate Beach today to try to speak with people who may have seen Bernadette on the day she went missing.

Updated Jan 28th 2022, 1:15 PM

THE DAUGHTER OF a missing Dublin woman has made an appeal asking for anyone with information to help find her mother.

Bernadette Connolly (45) has been missing from the Swords area for three weeks.

Gardaí have released CCTV footage as part of their renewed appeal to the public to help them trace the whereabouts of Bernadette.

The footage shows the last-known whereabouts of Bernadette, who was last seen on Friday 7 January in the carpark of the Shoreline Hotel in Donabate after getting a taxi.

Gardaí will be at the location this afternoon to try to speak with people who may have seen her on the day she went missing. 

MP Bernadette Connolly Source: Garda Press Office

Speaking at Donabate Strand, Bernadette’s daughter Jade Connolly said: “We are here today to appeal to the public and any local people that were on the beach on the day my mam went missing.

“Nollaig na mBan was the 6th of January, also known as Women’s Christmas, and my mam went missing that next day.

“I want to get people to think of that significant day. This beach was active that day. People walked by my mam with dogs, people walked before my mam.

“I would appeal to anyone who maybe has photographs of the beach that day or any dashcam footage or maybe even CCTV, if they were in a house nearby.”

Ms Connolly also said she wanted to appeal to people who at were at the opposite end of the beach, next to Malahide car park, to contact gardai if they have any information.

Gardaí said today that they are now satisfied that at the time Bernadette went missing she was wearing a black Nike training top, black Nike leggings, and black trainers with a white sole and a black woolly hat with black bobble.

CCTV footage from the hotel shows Bernadette walking towards the entrance to Donabate Beach.

CCTV Image 1 A CCTV still of Bernadette walking towards Donabate Strand from the Shoreline Hotel. Source: Garda Press Office

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Bernadette Connolly Clothes Bernadette in the clothes she is believed to have been wearing when she went missing. Source: Garda Press Office

Bernadette, who is from Swords, is described as 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with hazel eyes and long black hair.

Garda Inspector Noleen McKenna said: “The gardaí in Swords are renewing their appeal for information about Bernadette Connolly who went missing on 7 January 2022.

“If anyone out there has any information that can help, please contact the gardai in Swords. Any information that people may have will be greatly appreciated.”

Today between 11am and 4pm, Gardaí will be at the entrance of Donabate Beach, at the Shoreline Hotel, and at the public carpark at Malahide Beach.

They’re looking to speak with and identify any persons that may have been on Donabate Beach on the day Bernadette went missing.

Gardaí are asking that anyone with any information on Bernadette’s whereabouts to speak with Gardaí today, or alternatively contact Swords Garda Station 01 666 4700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

With reporting from Press Association.

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