Large groups of volunteers in both Castlebar and Crossmolina are assisting gardai, civil defence and other rescue services in two separate extensive searches underway again today for two men missing for some days now.

68-year-old Seamus Cawley is missing from his home in Crossmolina since Monday morning. He was last seen at about 10am on Monday morning when he left his home. He was driving a silver Volkswagen Golf with partial registration of 08-MO.

Gardaí and Seamus’ family are concerned for his welfare and an extensive search has been underway for days now in the Crossmolina area.

The search is concentrated again today near the Knockadine Bridge in Crossmolina and is stretching out to Lough Conn.

Similarly in Castlebar a large number of local volunteers and rescue service personnel along with the  gardai are searching for a man missing since the early hours of Tuesday morning last.

69 year old Patrick Rowland went missing from Mayo University Hospital and was last seen around the Market square area of Castlebar at about 1.25am Tuesday morning. 

The search for Mr Rowland is concentrated around the county town and is stretching out to Turlough , along the Greenway today.

Anyone with any information on either man is asked to contact the gardai.

A Mass for the families of the two missing men will take place tomorrow evening (Friday) in St. Mary’s Church in Bofeenaun.

The Bofeenaun/ Lahardane Community Alert group has organised the Mass for 7pm tomorrow evening for the success of both searches and for the families that are missing their loved ones.

Both Seamus Cawley and Patrick Rowland are local parishioners. They live within a three mile radius of each other.

Prayers will also be said for the rescue services and volunteers in both extensive searches.


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