Mary Byrne asks Irish public to help find hero who rescued her missing sister

The singer's sister, who has dementia, recently went missing from their holiday home


Mary Byrne has asked the Irish public to help find a man who kindly rescued her missing sister, who has dementia.

The singer’s 71-year-old sister Betty went missing from their holiday home in Brittas Bay this week, but managed to make her way back to her house in Tallaght – after a kind man picked her up.

In a post shared on her official Facebook page, Mary wrote: “Friends, especially in Wicklow and Dublin. I am away spending time with my sister who has dementia.”

“During the night/early morning she went made her way out of our holiday home in BRITTAS BAY in only her dressing gown and bare feet and ended up back at her house in TALLAGHT in Dublin.”

“She is now safe. She told us a man found her and gave her a lift, even stopping to get her a cup of tea on the journey back to Dublin and he dropped her off at her house,” Mary explained.

“We are EXTREMELY grateful to this man and would really like to find him, and find out where he picked her up from. But mostly to THANK him for looking after her.”

“Could you please share this and I’ll keep you updated when we find him,” she added.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1, Mary further explained: “Betty slept in the bed beside me, there were two beds in our room, I saw her going to sleep that night. I fell into a deep sleep, we all did.”


“I got up the next morning, about 10.25, my niece was sitting on the sofa, looking after her little toddler and I said, ‘Where’s your mam?’ and she said, ‘She’s in bed’, I said ‘No she’s not’ and that was the first time we knew she was gone.”

“It was horrible, we searched the holiday park, we didn’t think she’d be able to get out of because of the code on the gate, my niece rang her and she was in the kitchen in Tallaght.”

“We asked her how she got there, she first of all said a fella pulled up and she knew him, she’s one of these people who wouldn’t get into a stranger’s car,” she said.

“For her to get into the car she must have been exhausted, the man said he’d bring her to the police station, she had turned up at the door the next morning at 7.45am.”


“She had gone out with no shoes, a damp pair of jeans my niece had washed for her and a blue house coat like a long dressing gown. We assume he stopped at the garage, she said she had a lovely cup of tea going home.”

“I would love to just say thank you and to bring him for a meal and to just shake his hand,” she added. “There are good people in the world and we forget this sometimes.”

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