The family, friends and neighbours of missing Mountmellick woman Imelda Keenan are marking her 42nd birthday with a silent march through the town where she grew up.
The procession, led by her family holding up photographs of Imelda, will be held on Saturday, March 24. It will start from Watchorne’s in O’Moore Street at 2pm and finish at the Youthreach centre in Harbour Street, formerly the tech where Imelda went to school. There a small ceremony will be held and helium balloons released.
Her niece Gina Kerry fronts the campaign to find Imelda, and has received a great response already from local people interested in joining the walk.
“Because Imelda went missing in Waterford, we do a lot of work there, but we wanted to do something for people whe knew her growing up as well,” Gina explained.
“Every year we visit her plaque on the bridge in Waterford, and to granny’s grave in Mountmellick. We want to let them know we are going to carry on, and we are not forgetting,” she said.
This year they will also be visiting the Waterford grave of Imelda’s brother Ned who passed away last year. Imelda has three older sisters Mary, Elizabeth and Bernadette, and brothers Oliver, Donal, Michael and Gerry, along with nieces and nephews.
She disappeared in the Christmas of 1994 from her Waterford flat. She was reported missing by her boyfriend Mark Wall on January 3, and despite repeated searches of the river and surrounding areas, no clues to her location were found, and her case remains open with Waterford Gardaí. She is described as thin, 5’4” with long brown hair and blue eyes.
Everyone is welcome to join in the walk, which is also being attended by the groups “Search for the Missing”, and “Missing people of Ireland”, as well as local councillors. Refreshments are served afterwards in Turley’s pub, where all can share in their memories of the gentle Mountmellick girl.