Disappearance of Mary Boyle in 1977
Thursday 10th, February 2022
Ireland Report / Story
On the 18th of March 1977, the day after St. Patrick's Day which in Ireland is a day of celebration and happiness, this holiday period wasn't to be the case for the family of Mary Boyle.

Mary Boyle was a six year old girl who with her family went to visit her grandparents' at their house in Cashelard, Ballyshannon, County Donegal.

At about 3.30pm on the 18th of March Mary followed her uncle on his way to a neighbours house approximately 400 yards away but when Mary came to a small pool of water it was too deep for her to pass through so she started to head back towards her grandparents' house. That was the last time Mary Boyle was seen.

A local fisherman was reported to have spotted a red car in the area around the time of Mary's disappearance, and Mary's sister also reported that Mary was eating a package of crisps at the time of her disappearance and that if Mary had falling into a bog that the crisp package would have floated, but no crisp package was ever found.

In 2014 a convicted sex offender was arrested at the Midlands Prison for questioning in relation to the disappearance of Mary Boyle but was released back into the custody of the Midlands Prison without further charges on what they had been already serving.

Ann Doherty who is Mary's twin sister believes that Mary was murdered by someone known to Mary and Ann is beind supported by singer Daniel O'Donnell's sister Margo in Ann's campaign for justice for her sister Mary. Both Ann and Margo gave statements to Gardaí in October 2015 alleging the identity of Mary's killer.

Gemma O'Doherty who is working with Ann and Margo said, "Ann Doherty will allege that on a number of occasions she was told the identity of the killer by a person close to her, but neither that person nor the suspect have ever been arrested."

Gemma further added, "I have been informed… that there was political interference and that a politician interfered to the extent that certain individuals were not to be considered suspects in this case."

Two digs took place in 2011 and 2013 but both failed to find Mary or any further evidence that could help solve the disappearance of Mary Boyle.

The disappearnce of Mary Boyle would go on to divide the Boyle family with some in the family believing they knew who had taken and murdered Mary to others who didn't believe these accusations. Mary's father died in a fishing accident in 2005 off the Donegal coast.

The disappearance of Mary Boyle is the longest running missing person case of a child in Ireland.
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