CHRISTMAS HEARTBREAK

The family of a Dundalk man whose body was recovered from the Castletown River over Christmas have said that they are “heartbroken” by the loss.

The family of a Dundalk man whose body was recovered from the Castletown River over Christmas have said that they are “heartbroken” by the loss.

John Tiernan, who was known as Johnny to his family and friends, was last seen at his home before he went missing on Christmas Eve.

He was wearing a tartan hat, a dark fleece top and dark trousers. Gardai launched an appeal seeking the public’s assistance in locating the 69-year-old from Fr Murray Park.

He was described as being 5’9’’ in height, heavy build with grey hair and blue eyes. Shortly afterwards Mr Tiernan’s body was recovered from the Castletown River.

Dundalk Sub-Aqua Search & Rescue located the body on Wednesday, December 28 around 10.15am after a short search which began at 9.30am.

Mr Tiernan was the son of the late Patrick and Lily Tiernan of Fr Murray Park. He is survived by four brothers - Patrick, Jim, Austin and Gerard - and two sisters, Dora Gaskin, and Helen O’Hanlon who lives in London.

A former De La Salle pupil, Mr Tiernan worked in the Seed Merchants in Coxes Demesne after he left school. He then moved to Cooper’s Coal and later worked at Aiken Barracks in Dundalk as a boilerman.

He was a big football fan and a supporter of Dundalk Football Club; and also enjoyed going to Dundalk Stadium on the Racecourse Road to watch the greyhound races.

Mr Tiernan reposed at home until Saturday, December 31 and was removed at 10.40am to St Nicholas’ Church for 11am.

The burial took place afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Dowdallshill.