The Unexplained: Mystery of Dublin’s Vanishing Triangle

The faces of the young women who vanished in Ireland’s strange and foreboding Vanishing Triangle. Photos: The Daily Mail

Were the young women snatched up by a serial killer, or did they disappear into thin air?  Either possibility is chilling.

A one-time hot spot, known as The Vanishing Triangle was up and running in March of 1993.  It is responsible for at least eight disappearances in or around Dublin, Ireland, all of which fit within an imaginary triangle.  In 1998, the disappearances stopped, cold.

When it stopped cold, the last disappearance was Deirdre Jacob.  She was an eighteen-year-old college student spending summer months with her parents.  It was not only odd that she vanished, it was how she vanished.  She was walking home to her parent’s house at three p. m.   She was only a few hundred feet from the door.  People saw her there in broad daylight.  She was there – and then she wasn’t – in a moment.

It is odd how all of them vanished.  The Vanishing Triangle of Ireland has absorbed only young women—as far as we know.   The mysterious triangle is in a section known as Leinster.

Let’s go back to the first known incident in 1993.  The young woman was actually an American living in Ireland.  It is her misfortune that she was living in The Vanishing Triangle.  Annie McCarrick was sharing quarters with two other young women in Dublin while she investigated her own Irish roots.

The first disappearance was similar to the last.  Annie was spotted by several in a pub—Johnnie Fox’s—then a few moments later, at the mere turn of a head, she was gone without a trace.  Her parents, who had made the trip to Ireland to monitor the investigation, were forced to return to America after six months.  Annie’s father was a New York City police officer.

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Another young pub-goer disappeared four months after Annie, in the same spooky triangle.  Her name was Eva Brennan.  Eva disappeared after having lunch with her family.  She seemed depressed.  They could not get in touch with her and her father could not find her at her home, later.  She was G-O-N-E, gone.

It was Imelda Kennan’s time to disappear next.  She was living in Waterford City.  The day she disappeared, she had decided to go to the post office.  She was last seen on the William Street Bridge.

Jo Jo Dullard was a waitress who was living in Dublin.  She was raised by her older sisters after her parents died.  On the day she disappeared in July of 1995, she was traveling from Dublin to Callan.

In August of 1996, Fiona Pender disappeared next.  This case is unique as Fiona was seven months pregnant.  Her boyfriend was the last to see her, as she left home.  In a bizarre twist, a small cross with her name on it was found much later in 2008, along The Slieve Bloom Way.  What did this have to do with her disappearance, if anything?

Fiona Sinnot was nineteen years old at the time of her disappearance in February of 1998.  She was the mother of a young child.  Her ex was spending the night on the sofa in her home.  When he left the house the next morning, she was still in bed.  He was the last person to see her before she vanished and she was planning on going to a doctor’s appointment that same day.  She never made it there.

Ciara Breen vanished in 1998.  She was living with her mother in Dundalk.  She was only seventeen years old.  When her mother got up at two in the morning to go to the bathroom, Ciara was not in her bed.  She exited through her bedroom window and left the latch rigged so she could get back in.

Several theories have been offered for all the disappearances.  One is that a serial killer-or possibly two—was scouring the area.  There were never any clues or evidence of a real person that could actually be tied to the disappearances.

There was a man named Larry Murphy that lived in the area of the triangle that seemed to be a good suspect.  He had raped and injured a woman in 2001 in Carlow.  He was interrupted in the middle of his crime by hunters who saved the woman and turned him in.  He fit a lot of the criteria for a good suspect..  He was put under a magnifying glass by the authorities, but no reliable evidence was uncovered that could result in charges.  It is hard to make a case without evidence or bodies.

Larry served time for his crimes against the woman he injured but was able to get released in ten years.  Many citizens that were outraged at his crime were angry that he was given his freedom.  Some were even convinced he was involved in the disappearances in The Vanishing Triangle.  He moved out of the country for a while, but eventually ended up back in Ireland.

Were the young women snatched up by a serial killer, or did they disappear into thin air?  Either possibility is chilling.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of It Rises from the Peedee. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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