AN IRISHMAN who had been missing in Australia since last October has been found safe and well following an online campaign to locate him.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, originally from Dunshaughlin in Co. Meath, was declared missing by his family in Ireland after he failed to get in touch with them for some four months.
The 35-year-old previously worked at the Mount Isa Mines in Queensland, the Ranger Mine outside Darwin and was known to spend time his free time in Brisbane.
The Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland (IASAQ) issued an appeal on its Facebook page for help to find Mr Fitzpatrick last week, saying his loved-ones were "desperate for news".
The post received huge traction online and the Irishman finally made contact with his family over the weekend.
In an update, IASAQ thanked Irish expats in Australia for their help in locating Mr Fitzpatrick.
They posted: "Everyone, Kevin has made contact with his family and is ok, so thank you, each and everyone of you for the part you played.
"The strength of community and people working together, and looking out for each other is still powerful enough to achieve at happy ending.
"Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir."