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Multi-agency search for missing woman to recommence at first light
Catherine O’Reilly was last seen near an industrial estate in Dublin 12 on Thursday.

Updated at 8.10pm

A LARGE-SCALE search for missing Dublin woman Catherine O’Reilly has been wound-down for the night, but is set to recommence at dawn tomorrow morning.

The 38-year-old was last seen near the Merrywell Industrial Estate, in Dublin 12, on Thursday evening.

Catherine’s car was found yesterday afternoon near Howth pier — and her sister has appealed to fishermen who have been in the area over the last two days to think back in case they may have seen anything that might help in the search.

Speaking to this morning, her sister Siobhán said she and the rest of the family were asking anyone who may have seen her to get in touch with Gardaí.

“We had sent messages [the day she went missing] so she was in contact and there was nothing out of the ordinary,” Siobhán O’Reilly said.

Catherine is described as being…

  • 5’ 4’’ tall
  • Of slim build
  • With long brown hair
  • And blue eyes

When last seen she is believed to have been wearing a black bubble type jacket.

Gardaí based at Clontarf are heading up the investigation. They can be contacted on 01 6664800. Anonymous information can also be given via the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Over 50 personnel and volunteers from the Gardaí, Coast Guard, RNLI and Civil Defence were involved in searches of the headland and surrounding waters today.

The Coast Guard helicopter, based at Dublin Airport, was also dispatched to help.

A spokesperson for Howth Coast Guard said the multi-agency effort would continue at first light tomorrow.

Additional reporting, Daragh Brophy.

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