AN Irishman who has been missing since the evening of Wednesday, January 27 has been found in London.
Metropolitan Police tweeted confirmation at 6.27am this morning that Neil Coady had been found and thanked the public for their help in the matter.
Last night at 8pm, as concerns mounted for the welfare of Mr Coady, aged 31, the Irish community gathered at the Man of Aran pub in Rayners Lane, north-west London.
Mr Coady’s teammates and members of the London Irish community formed a search party with many staying out until 2am searching for Mr Coady.
He was found at approximately 4am this morning in Liverpool Street Station after spending the night also wandering through Euston and Russell Square stations.
His father Jim, who came to London with his son Ray to help with the search, escorted Neil Coady to Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, east London, in the early hours of this morning.
Mr Coady, who works as an electrician, is also a keen hurler with St Gabriel’s hurling club.
Pub owner and St Gabriel’s stalwart Ambrose Gordon told The Irish Post: “Thank God he’s been found, thank God. He’ll be going back to Ireland with his dad, he’ll need to go home. I have seen so many troubled people during the 50 years that I’ve been here [London], it’s up to us as senior people to help these young people.
“I would say I’ve become the central hub of the youth in London so if anyone ever needs help they should phone me.”
Mr Coady, originally from Co. Kilkenny, disappeared on Wednesday, January 27, after visiting the Man of Aran pub in Rayners Lane to pick up a bag he had left there.
According to Mr Ambrose,Coady had just arrived back from Ireland and was looking for accommodation and was due to stay in a room he’d organised for him in Sudbury Town, near Harrow. Coady had recently quit his job.
There were reported sightings of him on Sunday, January 31 at a Tesco store and The Swan pub in Sudbury Town, then at a church in South Ruislip.
On Tuesday, February 2 Mr Coady is believed to have stayed the night at a hostel in Waterloo.
His father Jim and brother Ray travelled to London from Ireland earlier in the week upon hearing of Mr Coady’s disappearance as the London Irish community grew increasingly concerned about his whereabouts.
“It really was like a needle in the haystack trying to find him,” Mr Gordon added. “The lads were out till the early hours last night and Neil’s father and brother were out till 2am searching. His father was so excited when he heard the news that he’d been found, the family will be relieved.”