'We're so worried' say friends of Dubs who vanished in UK
Two Tallaght men who have been missing in the UK for more than two weeks had gone to Birmingham to do some business, according to friends.
Noel Leeson (34) and Anthony Keegan (47) are believed to have travelled by ferry from Dublin to Holyhead in a black Audi A3 that Mr Leeson had bought only days earlier.
From there, it is thought they drove to Birmingham where they had arranged to meet someone.
Both men are from the Russell Square area of Tallaght in Dublin and their families are now very concerned for their welfare.
The men's families became increasingly worried and reported both missing at Tallaght Garda Station last week.
Gardai have been liaising with their counterparts in the UK to try to trace the men, but so far the authorities have turned up no leads.
Gardai have received no information to indicate that the men have come to any harm or are in danger, and are treating it as a missing persons case.
However the men's families are understandably worried for their safety.
"I last heard from them on January 27 when Noel said they got to where they were going. It was between 12 and 1am and they said they'd got there," said Mags Murphy, the mother of Mr Leeson's two children.
"He rang me before they went. He wouldn't tell me where exactly they were going but it was a bit of business and they'd be fine, but we haven't heard from them in two weeks," she added.
"I'm worried about them, and trying to be positive for the kids. Our 14-year-old knows about it, but the six-year-old is too young," Ms Murphy added.
"Noel is always good at keeping in touch, to say goodnight to the kids and things, so it is worrying that they haven't been in touch and we can't get in touch with them."
Mr Leeson does not have a passport and had recently come into some money from a claim, Ms Murphy said.
"They haven't travelled to the UK before like this, and Noel had a lot of money.
"Noel wouldn't say where they were going. He just said 'I'll be fine, don't worry about me' and that he was just doing a bit of business," she said.
Roisin O'Reilly, Mr Leeson's girlfriend, said she thinks the last contact she received from him was a missed call on January 27 at 10.55pm, and then a text on the 29th.
"Before that, he sent me a message saying they were in England and they would be back on the Sunday (27th)," she told the Herald.
"I thought they were messing [about] saying they were in England," she said.
"I'm worried sick about them. I hope they're OK.
"I hope they're just away off out together and they've fallen off the radar for a bit," she said.
"You would think the car would stand out a mile with the Irish registration plates. I don't know what's happened," she said.
The two men are good friends and live close together in Tallaght.
Family and friends have been waiting by their phones for updates from gardai since they reported them missing last week.
Photographs and identifying details of both men were circulated by gardai at the weekend.
Mr Leeson is 5ft 9in and of slim build with short brown hair.
He has blue eyes and usually has stubble or a beard and speaks with a Dublin accent. He has a distinctive scar on his neck.
Mr Keegan is about 6ft, of slim build with short brown hair. He has brown eyes and usually has stubble or a beard and also speaks with a Dublin accent.
Mr Keegan has a number of distinctive ink dots on his knuckles. When he was last seen he was wearing a brown leather jacket, navy jeans and black shoes.
The car the pair were in is believed to be a black Audi A3 with the registration plate 05D46207.
"There are obvious concerns for the welfare of these two men because they have stopped making contact and their families have not been able to get in touch with them," said a garda source.
Anyone who may have any information in relation to the whereabouts of either man is asked to contact the gardai at Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000.