Gardaí have issued an appeal for information in relation to the disappearance of Philip Cairns, who went missing 35 years ago today.

The 13-year-old went missing on 23 October 1986 while making his way back to Coláiste Éanna in Rathfarnham in Dublin, where he was a first year student.

Six days later, his schoolbag was found dumped in a laneway, metres from his home on the Ballyroan Road in Rathfarnham.

The laneway links Ann Devlin Road and Ann Devlin Drive. Some of his books were missing from his bag.

He was described as being 5'2" in height, with short black hair.

When last seen he was wearing his school uniform, a grey jacket with black shoulder corners, grey school trousers, a grey shirt and a school jumper.

In renewing their appeal on the 35th anniversary of his disappearance, gardaí said there may be people who have information in relation to Philip or his school bag who, for whatever reason, did not come forward.

Given changing circumstances and the passage of time, gardaí said people may now be in a position to assist them.

"There may be persons, who were young at the time of Philip's disappearance and not in a position to provide An Garda Síochána with information, who may now be able to come forward," gardaí said.

Gardaí said anyone who comes forward will be treated sensitively and discreetly. Even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant, may be of assistance, gardaí said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Rathfarnham Garda Station on 01 666 6500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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