Faith sustains Trevor Deely’s family

The father of missing Trevor Deely has spoken of how faith continues to help his family cope with their loss, 13 years after the young man vanished without trace from a Dublin street.

 “We cling to faith,” Michael Deely told The Irish Catholic this week, “and we don’t give up on him.”

Michael said that faith was important to all of the family in the absence of solid information on Trevor’s disappearance.

“There has been no information to lead us anywhere,” he said, “and that’s the hard part for us. Even a piece of information would be ‘something’, but we have to struggle on without that.”

This year, as in all previous years without Trevor, the Deely family gathered in December at their parish church in Ballycane, Naas, Co. Kildare to pray for the missing man, where they have a “lovely relationship” with their parish priest who regularly mentions Trevor during Masses and renews appeals for information.

The last known sighting of Trevor Deely was on CCTV footage on December 8, 2000, as he crossed Baggot Street Bridge during a storm in the capital at 4.15am after a work Christmas party. Searches of the Grand Canal either side of the bridge failed to turn up any clues as to the man’s disappearance.

Now, Michael says, his family “keeps hoping” that someone will one day come forward with information that will lead to Trevor’s whereabouts.

“They can even go to a church and tell a priest,” Michael stressed for anyone who might be reluctant to approach gardaí with vital information.

Today, Trevor would be 35, and An Garda has since taken the step of issuing an age-enhanced image of him in the hope of prompting witnesses to come forward with information.

Anybody with information can contact Irishtown Garda station on 01 – 6669600, or any Garda station.