New series tells of Galway woman’s continued search for missing mother

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Aideen Walsh (L) and Jacqueline Walsh (R)

A new documentary series on TG4 will explore Jacqueline Walsh’s search for her mother Barbara Walsh, who went missing from her home in Connemara in 1985.

The series, Saol Clainne, spent time with families facing difficulties across Ireland, and it covers topics such as grief, illness, death and addiction.

The first episode will tell of Jacqueline Walsh’s search for her mother and answers since she was 14 years old.

Barbara Walsh disappeared without a trace from a party at her home in Carna in the early hours of 22 June 1985, and Jacqueline is appealing to people to come forward with any information they have about her mother’s disappearance.

Also in the first episode, Aoife Nic Sheáin recalls the day she held her five-day-old daughter in her arms and received the news that her home needs to be demolished because it was built using blocks with Mica.

Since then Aoife’s life has changed dramatically – worry and fear has crept in, fear for the safety of her children and her own mental health.

Episode 1 will also focus on Ailce Ní Fhlanagáin, also in Donegal, who shares her personal journey of grief after the loss of her mother in July 2020.

The third and fourth episodes of the series return to Connemara when Áine Hanrahan speaks about her son Kevin Ó Conghaile, who had a stroke last year at 34 years of age, which has affected all his basic bodily functions, speech and movements.

At the minute Kevin cannot speak and is very restricted in his movements, but his family have rallied around him and they are doing everything in their power to ensure Kevin regains full physical and mental independence to enjoy life with his family again.