A search is under way in Killarney Co Kerry for a 42-year-old man who has been missing since yesterday.

Matt Hodd, an ecologist and a local poet, was last seen in the Whitebridge/Millroad area of the Flesk River.

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter has been involved in the search which is covering woodlands as well as waterways.

Killarney Mountain Rescue, Killarney Water Rescue, and the Civil Defence, as well as local volunteers are again searching a broad area since first light today along the river banks which flows into the Killarney lakes near Ross Castle.

Mr Hodd, whose late father Dr Toby Hodd was a respected botanist as well as zoologist, is well known in literary circles.

He is the founder of the monthly event Poetry in the Park, which takes place at the entrance to the Killarney National Park and draws visitors as well as locals.

The outdoors event involves poetry with contribution from visitors in a number of languages.

Gardaí in Killarney say they are concerned for his welfare and are appealing to anyone who may have spotted Mr Hodd to contact them at 064-6631222.