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Fears for missing Northern Ireland women Ruth Maguire and Nicola Murray

Ruth Maguire and Nicola Murray
Ruth Maguire and Nicola Murray

By Staff Reporter

Police in Northern Ireland are continuing separate searches for two missing women - Ruth Maguire and Nicola Murray

Mrs Maguire was part of a 32-strong hen party who had travelled to Carlingford in Co Louth to celebrate an upcoming wedding.

She was last seen by friends at around 11.30pm on Saturday.

An Irish Coastguard helicopter, the Greenore Coastguard, the Belfast Coastguard and Kilkeel Lifeboat joined in a search when it emerged that she had posted a photograph on social media with Carlingford Lough close by.

However, the search operation was suspended last night.

The Garda is expected to give an update this morning.

Friend Colette Delaney wrote on Facebook that Ms Maguire “had no coat and it was freezing”.

She said she was “worried sick”.

“Please God help her be found safe,” she added.

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The search has resumed for a Belfast woman missing after a hen party in the Republic of Ireland. Ruth Maguire travelled to Carlingford, County Louth, on Saturday, to celebrate her friend's upcoming wedding.

Ms Maguire lives with family in Newcastle, Co Down, and works at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

Ruth Maguire went missing in Carlingford on a hen night
Ruth Maguire went missing in Carlingford on a hen night

According to her friend Katrina O’Hare, the group all headed home to the house they were staying in at 11.30pm on Saturday.

The house is less than five minutes from Taaffe’s Bar, where the group was enjoying the hen party.

Within minutes they realised that Ruth was not with them.

Katrina said: “This is totally out of character.”

The group, the majority who are from Belfast, began searching for her straight away but could not find her.

A doorman heard her say she might make her way home to Newcastle.

Her partner and children had gone to Belfast at the weekend. 

Her partner drove to Newcastle from Belfast yesterday morning but she was not there.

Last night it emerged Ruth had taken a photograph and posted it to Instagram at around midnight.

However, her phone appeared to be turned off and yesterday her coat was found in the bar she was last in with the group of friends.

Ruth is tall, slim, has blonde hair and was wearing a black T-shirt saying ‘Member of Irish Bride drinking team’, and black jeans.

The hen party arrived in Carlingford on Saturday and was due to leave today.

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Nicola Murray disappeared from Cushendall

Meanwhile, in the Glens of Antrim concerns are growing for the welfare of Cushendall woman Nicola Murray.

Ms Murray (43) was reported missing on Saturday.

She is approximately 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build, with dark brown shoulder-length hair, which is slightly greying and normally tied back in a ponytail.

The PSNI said: “Nicola was last seen leaving her home address in Cushendall at approximately 6.15pm on Saturday March 16, 2019.

“She was wearing a short red padded coat, dark blue jeans and a pink-coloured beanie hat.

“If you have seen Nicola or can provide any information in regards to him please contact police on 101.”

Rescue teams from Coleraine, Ballycastle and Larne were dispatched, and Red Bay RNLI lifeboat was launched in a search.

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