THE partial remains of a young Limerick man who went missing 18 years ago will finally be laid to rest this weekend.
Aengus ‘Gussie’ Shanahan from Ashbrook, Ennis Road, Limerick city, was reported missing by his family on February 11, 2000.
The 20-year-old was last seen walking along Old School House Lane near a friend's house shortly after leaving Coopers Bar on St Joseph's Street.
Gussie, who worked as a security guard for Dell, had left his workplace in Castletroy earlier that evening.
Over a year later on October 28, 2001, foot bone fragments were discovered in the River Shannon at Quay Island, Bunratty, Co. Clare – but were only identified as belonging to Mr Shanahan last month thanks to developments in DNA profiling technology.
A funeral service will take place this Saturday, November 10 at 1pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Church on the Ennis Road.
The ceremony will be followed by private burial and loved-ones of the deceased have asked "the media to respect the Shanahan’s privacy at this difficult time".
Mr Shanahan's obituary notice on RIP.ie reads: "To mark the Passing of Aengus (Gussie) Shanahan, Ashbrook, Ennis Road, Limerick who has been missing since the February 11, 2000 and after 18 years of searching is finally been laid to rest.
"Beloved son of Bob and the late Nancy (Tuohy) Shanahan, adored brother of Roibeard and sisters Grainne and Reiltin, brothers-in-law Gordon and David, sister-in-law Edwina, nephews Conor, Jack and Dylan and nieces Emily and Annie, extended family and friends.”
"The family will be at the church from 12(pm). Private burial for family & relatives only. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Limerick and Bunratty Search and Rescue.
"May he finally Rest In Peace."