Over three decades of anguish and sorrow could soon come to an end for one Letterkenny man whose brother went missing in 1983 as mechanisms are set in place to fix a date for an inquest.
Well known figure, Jim McGlynn (50) often recalls how his brother Noel Joseph (27) made a cup of tea and disappeared from their family home in Calhame in June 1983. Following his disappearance the family read in a local newspaper that a body had been washed ashore in Dunfanaghy. The body was not identified by any members of the McGlynn family and was subsequently buried in the leafy Dunfanaghy graveyard.
Thirty years later, Jim decided to take matters into his own hands and has been exceptionally vocal in relation to finding out the true idtentity of the unknown man who is buried in the Dunfanaghy plot in a bid to find closure after years of agonising doubt and grief. Gardai have confirmed that they have received a number of enquiries from the Missing Person’s Bureau in relation to the issue.
On August 29 this year, Jim received correspondence from the Coroner for Donegal North east, John Cannon, that is dealing with the matter. The letter states: “We are awaiting confirmation in relation to the availability of the court room from the County Registrar to arrange an early date for the opening of this inquest.”
The letter has been warmly welcomed by Jim who said that it is a step closer to establishing whether or not his long, lost brother is buried in Dunfanaghy. “I hope that this comes to an end and that we will finally know whether or not it is him who is buried in the grave. He just vanished into thin air so many years ago. It will be a great relief to me to know whether or not it is him and if not the inquests findings may help some other family who is looking for their loved one,” he said.