The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday, in Raphoe of the 35 year old St. Johnston man, Garvan Milligan, who went missing eight months ago and whose body was recovered from a lake near Rooskey in County Roscommon on Wednesday evening.
Yesterday, as his family prepared for the arrival of his remains, his heartbroken mother, Maureen, maintained: “At least we have a grave to go to now.
“I had held out hope that he would be found alive but there’s no hope now.”
A spokesman at the Garda Press Office confirmed that a body had been recovered from the lake by representatives of Waterways Ireland. “The body of a male has been removed but until the post mortem has taken place it’s not possible to identify him,” he said.
However, after her daughters travelled to Galway to formally carry out the identification of the remains of their brother, his mother confirmed that they were those of her son.
“It has been a long eight months, We were always hoping against hope even though Garvan had been a long time away. The only consolation is that we have closure but it’s not the closure we wanted.”
The 35 year old man, who was employed by the Department of Agriculture and resided with his sister Andrena and her family in Wilkinstown, County Meath, had been en route to a cattle show in Carrick-on-Shannon on November 15th but never arrived. He had last been seen by a friend in a pub in Broadford, County Kildare, but since then, despite intensive searches, there had been no trace.
The alarm was raised by friends after his failure to turn up on the second day of the show.
Mrs. Milligan said the family had suffered a number of bereavements in recent times including the death of her husband, Gerard, two years ago, Garvan’s grandfather, Robert (Bobby) eight months prior to that, and an aunt who also passed away.
His mother and younger sister, Aisling, had travelled to Meath on a regular basis to join in the search with other members of the family including Andrena and her husband, Liam. She had paid tribute to the Meath Search and Rescue team and all who had helped in the search for her missing son.
The remains were due to arrive in St. Johnston last night and the funeral mass will take place in St. Eunan’s Church, Raphoe, tomorrow at 12 noon.
The late Mr. Milligan will be laid to rest alongside his father, Gerard, in the adjoining cemetery.