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Missing Person Barbara Walsh - missing since the 22/6/85

The Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating the disappearance of thirty three year old Barbara Walsh from Rusheenamanagh, Carna, Co. Galway who is missing from her home since 22 June 1985.

Barbara was married and was a mother to six children. She was at home in Carna, with her husband and six young children, ranging in age from 16 years old to just 7 months. There was a small gathering of family and friends in the house and the last sighing of Barbara was in the early hours of the 22 June 1985.

She was never seen or heard from again. An extensive Garda Investigation was launched and remains live and active.

Barbara’s family are appealing for information in relation to their Mother’s disappearance after thirty years.


  • Subsequent AGS Investigations have confirmed that Barbara did not emigrate to Australia and a reported sighting of a woman out walking near Carna in the early hours of Sat 22nd June 1985 was not Barbara.
  • An Garda Síochána in Galway will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Barbara’s disappearance.
  • Carna is a close-knit Gaeltacht community and we believe there are people in that community who may have information that can help our investigation.
  • We are conscious that we now live in a very different era to 1985 and perhaps now with that passage of time, people may feel more comfortable sharing that information with us.
  • We are appealing to the Carna community, and to those who may have lived locally at the time, who may know something - no matter what that information might be, and no matter how small - to please make contact with Gardaí.
  • Do you have information that you are unknowingly holding onto that may assist the investigation?

Gardaí at Salthill Garda Station are investigating tel: (091) 514 720

Missing Person - Barbara Walsh