A sister of missing Co Leitrim man Pat Heeran has spoken for the first time about her family’s devastation at facing through Christmas not knowing whether their 48-year-old brother is dead or alive.
In an interview with the Leader this week, Sheila McCrann told of how Mr Heeran’s sudden and unexpected disappearance last October has left a deep void on their lives and that of their distraught mother, Irene.
Speaking openly and candidly about her brother, Ms McCrann said the past four months had been nothing short of a “living nightmare” for both herself and the wider Heeran family.
“Christmas and the New Year was just dreadful,” she confided. “Before you go to bed you are listening for the phone to ring or the door to knock.”
Mr Heeran was last seen alive in Mohill on the afternoon of October 3 wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and possibly a blue zip-up top underneath a brown jacket.
So far, there have been no sightings and little by way of leads for gardai to pursue as the investigation enters a fourth month.
To read this article in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.