BREAKING NEWS: A march aimed at highlighting the disappearance of Mary Boyle is to take place in Ballyshannon this weekend.
Hundreds of people from the town have already expressed an interest in attending the event which has been organised by local resident Naomi Brady.
Ms Brady, herself a twin and a mother of twins, told Donegal Daily she was touched into taking a stand on Mary’s case after viewing a You Tube video on the Donegal child’s disappearance in Cashelard in 1977.
“As a twin and a mother of twins, I was touched by the programme and how Mary’s twin sister Ann and her family must have suffered down through the years.
“I am hoping this march will spark someone into doing the right thing now. Like a lot of people I think that someone must know what happened to Mary.
“I am hoping that after all this time someone who knows something can find it in their heart to come forward and to give the Boyle family some closure.
“Hopefully, it will also lead to Mary’s remains being found and she can be given a christian burial,” she said.
The march, which will start at 2pm this Saturday, will leave the Abbey Centre before walking to the local Garda station where a few words will be said.
Asked why the march was finishing at the local Garda station, Mrs Brady said “It’s where the search for Mary Boyle ended.”
Ms Brady stressed the march would be a peaceful one and is non-political.
She asked anyone who is planning to attend the march to wear purple and white ribbons in honour of Mary, who was understood to be wearing similar ribbons when she disappeared on March 18th, 1977, aged just six.
Ms Brady, who is originally from Dublin but who has been resident in Ballyshannon for four years, said she was probably in a better position to call for such a march than local people.
“I think because I have no connections with the area that I was probably in a better position to suggest such a march.
“Ballyshannon is a great town and I think it has always been associated with Mary’s disappearance. I think people will welcome the chance to express their support with the memory of this child and her family.
“I am just hopeful that it will help in some small way to eventually leading to some form of closure for this family,” she said.Tags: