Irishman missing for nearly 50 years may be in Midlands


By Shelley Marsden

AN IRISH family is trying to trace a family member who went missing 47 years ago – and they suspect he may be in the Coventry area.

Nobody has seen Noel Clarence Hardy since, aged 30 he disappeared from the Dublin 7 area on Sunday 17 September 1967. He was born in Dublin on December 2 1936.

For the last three years, his Dublin-based great-nephew Paul Mooney has been doing everything in his power to find out exactly what happened to him and where he might be now.

Paul told the Irish World: “My mother and her twin sister were delighted that I decided to pursue this. Mum was the last person to see Noel; she was 20 at time. It was on a Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm, and she recalls him being in good form but a bit agitated.

“His brother came home from Coventry that day by pure chance, went to see him and raised the alarm when he found no sign of him. There’s been no trace of Noel since, and that was 47 years ago.”

Noel was reported missing to Garda at the time and an appeal to trace him followed on RTE, but nothing came of it.

His tireless research has led Paul to the belief that Noel could be in the Coventry area, as a benefit claim in his name was filed by the Department for Work and Pensions from a homeless hostel there in 1988.

Thanks to information from West Midlands Police, Paul can also place Noel in the Coventry area in 1975.

Noel, who would now be 77, was a British passport holder in the 1950s and also has a British National Insurance number, as well as having been on two separate NHS doctors’ listings.

An NHS listing confirmed recently for Noel in 1991 proved he had been in Britain that year, but the trail runs cold after this.

His 92-yearold brother Liam is in the Coventry area, and has been living there since 1943. The family has connections the town dating back 70 years, Paul’s own grandfather worked there during the war.

Paul said: “Right now, we have not been able to find any death certificate for Noel anywhere in the UK up to the end of 2013. I believe he’s still alive, and I don’t think he’s too far away from Coventry, or perhaps Leicester – from the general West Midlands area”.

“We really want to make contact with him, but we don’t want to invade his privacy if that’s not what he wants. We would just like to know that he’s OK.

Paul confirmed that the Irish Embassy in Britain are involved and have been extremely supportive about his case.

Anyone who thinks they are able to help can call Paul on 00 353 86 3663951 or email him at




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