President Mary McAleese unveils a national monument to missing people in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

President Mary MacAleese presides over the ceremony to unveil the National Monument to Missing People in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. In recent times names such as

Jo Jo Dullard, Trevor Deeley, Deirdre Jacob and Eva Brennan have become etched in the nation's psyche, all people who have inexplicably disappeared.

In attendance at the ceremony are family members and friends of people from Ireland and abroad who have disappeared without any trace at locations in Ireland.

The National Monument to Missing People is by local artist Ann Mulrooney. It is an 8 foot high sculpture consisting of hand prints taken from family members of missing people. They have been cast in bronze and woven into a lattice-like open column.

In her speech President Mary McAleese notes the monument

Reminds us very graphically that for every person who is missing there’s a family, there’s a community, grieving without closure.

For many family this secluded part of Kilkenny Castle will be a place to go to remember their loved ones. Jo Jo Dullard’s sister Mary Phelan believes the monument,

Will be forever a monument to the memory and a place of remembrance.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 May 2002. The reporter is Damien Tiernan.