MISSING MAN KNOWN AS LIFE OF THE PARTY
By RACHEL AFFLICK email@example.com WITHIN months of moving to the Northern Rivers, Irishman Cormac Lally couldn't walk down the street without people stopping to talk.
His bright, friendly and talkative nature guaranteed he made a big circle of friends in Byron Bay.
None of those friends can now understand why Cormac has gone missing and all are deeply worried about him.
Cormac, 28, was last seen last Tuesday evening at his Main Arm home.
He left the property at 10.30pm to go for a walk, and neither his friends nor his family have heard from him or seen him since.
Asked yesterday if they could rule out foul play in Cormac's disappearance, police said they were 'not in a situation to discount anything'.
Cormac's brother Emmet, on holiday in Australia, said Cormac had never gone missing before.
"It's not like him," Emmet said. "He's always been very happy and the life of the party. "Everybody is surprised."
Cormac was working as an electrician in Ireland when, nearly three years ago, he embarked on a working holiday to Australia.
He lived in Western Australia before discovering and moving to Byron Bay 18 months ago, and more recently, to Main Arm.
Emmet said it was not long before Cormac was part of the local community.
"He enjoyed surfing, which he took up when he moved to Byron Bay," Emmet said.
"He's also a keen fisherman. He has friends every-%where in Byron."
Emmet said those friends were currently searching for Cormac, and were asking anyone in the Mullumbimby and Byron Bay areas to be%vigilant.
"The community has been brilliant," Emmet said. "We're asking if people on properties can check the fields they may not go to regularly for anything suspicious.
"If they do see anything they can phone the police." Cormac is 180 to 185cm tall with a solid build.
He has blond hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans.
Friends of Emmet and Cormac have been plastering 'Missing' notices on poles and notice boards all over the Byron Shire. They hope a local will have seen him sometime over the weekend.
The story has also come to the attention of the Irish media. A Dublin newspaper has been in contact with The Northern Star and scanning the Internet.
If you can help please call Byron Bay police station on 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.