The pain of not knowing what happened to missing Deirdre never goes away, say parents
The parents of Deirdre Jacob, who has been missing since 1998, will tonight make a fresh appeal for information on her disappearance.
Deirdre was just 18 years old when she went missing on July 28, 1998 in Newbridge, Co Kildare.
Her parents, Bernadette and Michael, tell RTE's Crimcall that the pain of not knowing what happened to their young daughter "just never goes away".
The young woman was to start her second year of teacher training at St Mary's in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham and was getting a bank draft to send to a college friend for her rent deposit.
She went to the bank, the post office and then visited her granny in her shop before heading home.
She was last seen shortly after 3pm inside the gate of the family home in Roseberry, Newbridge.
Despite intensive searches and appeals, there has been no trace of Deirdre since then.
Her father spoke of how Deirdre's disappearance affected their family.
"It may be you wake in the middle of the night and we'll have a discussion about it," he said.
"You know we'll just say; 'what happened to Deirdre, where is she?'
"You know there is someone out there that knows something about the whole thing. It just never goes away," he added.
Her mother Bernadette spoke of how the family have no more information now than on the day she disappered.
"We're as wise today as we were the day Deirdre went missing, we have absolutely nothing to go on and it's very hard to continue," she said.
Despite the fact that almost 17 years have passed, the Jacob family remain hopeful that someone with information will come forward.
Last July, they hoped a cold-case review of her disappearance might bring a new avenue of investigation to the surface but nothing has emerged.
At the time Michael spoke of how he still thinks about his daughter every day and remembers the last conversation he had with her.
"Every day is like a loop tape playing in our heads. There's not a time we go in or out our gate and wonder what happened after she went out that day," Michael said.
"When we are in town we see the places where she was last spotted or seen on CCTV and wonder what happened to her."
"Sometimes if I'm away anywhere, in Dublin or London or wherever, if I see someone that looks like Deirdre I give them a second and third look," he added.
Michael said he holds on to the memory of the last time he saw Deirdre.
"She had spent the weekend in Carrickmacross with some of her student pals, and she was filling us in on all the goings on of her time away," he said.
"It was just the normal chat and banter that you would hear in any household."
Deirdre is one of nine women who went missing in the area in the 1990s.