Missing Clare man Donal ‘Donie’ O’ Sullivan found alive

Australian police earlier said they had ‘grave concerns’ over man

Donal O'Sullivan, aged 33, was last seen leaving the Tea Gardens Hotel on Bronte Road in Bondi Junction about 10.30am on Saturday 3 May. Video: New South Wales Police

Wed, May 7, 2014, 14:07

Missing Irishman Donal ‘Donie’ O’Sullivan has been found alive in Sydney following a intensive five-day search.

The 33-year-old from Clooney, Co Clare, had last been seen leaving the Tea Gardens Hotel on Bronte Road in Bondi Junction last Saturday at about 10.30am.

More than a hundred people from the Irish community joined searches for the Co Clare man, led by his younger brother Johnnie.

A housemate of the brothers, who is also from Ireland, said Mr O’ Sullivan was found on a stairwell at a shopping centre close to where he was last seen.

She said he had been taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with a broken arm and was treated for dehydration.

Earlier today, Australian police had appealed for information to find Mr O’ Sullivan. The New South Wales detectives released the last known footage him in the Tea Gardens Hotel.

A New South Wales Police statement said concerned relatives reported Mr O’Sullivan missing on Sunday. “There are grave concerns for his welfare as the Irish national has not returned to his Allen Parade home in Bondi Junction nor attended his work in Canberra,” it had said.

Searches had continued around the area today.

Mr O’ Sullivan has lived in Sydney for about two years and worked as a carpenter and pipe layer.

The "Find Donal O' Sullivan" facebook page thanked everyone for their support during the search.

"We can confirm Donal has been found and is being looked after. We appreciate all your efforts and support."

The Department of Foreign Affairs had provided consular assistance to the family through the Consulate General in Sydney.

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