By Dan Walsh
The search for a missing person on the River Barrow in the vicinity of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, south of New Ross, concluded yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon with the discovery of a male person.
While awaiting formal identification, the body is believed to be that of Martin Donohoe, (29), whose vehicle was found on the roadside close to the bridge, with his mobile phone inside. He was last seen on October 26th.
Mr Donohoe’s family had gathered at the scene every day since his disappearance and an extensive search was carried out by search and rescue groups, sub-acqua teams, sniffer dogs and drones, Civil Defence and Coast Guard volunteers.
The body was recovered by Mallow Search & Rescue in a joint operation with Waterford Marine Search & Rescue members and transported to New Ross by boat and from there to University Hospital Waterford where a post mortem will take place.
Son of Catherine and the late Jim Donohoe, Martin was a native of Monageer who had been living in Cromwellsfort in Wexford town and worked on a site in Kilsheelan, Co. Tipperary.
The Donohoe family wish to thank all the volunteers who came from many parts of the country during the search for Martin. All efforts are deeply appreciated.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP.