James McClean joins efforts to support family of missing Derry man Jack Glenn
SOCCER star James McClean has joined a huge public effort to support the family of missing Derry man Jack Glenn (23).
The Republic of Ireland and West Brom winger has donated £500 to an online fund set up to help Mr Glenn's relatives.
The justgiving appeal, which initially set out to raise £200, had last night gathered almost £5,000.
Mr Glenn, a talented sportsman, was seen entering the River Foyle from the Foyle Bridge last Thursday morning.
Over the weekend hundreds of people from across Ireland joined a search of the river banks in response to an appeal from his family.
PSNI inspector Tony Moore described the effort as a testament to the people of Derry but also urged those taking part in searches to be careful on the river bank.
A candle-lit rosary vigil was held at the Foyle Bridge last night and organisers have pledged to hold prayers every night at 6pm until Mr Glenn’s body is recovered.
A spokeswoman said: “We have all been touched deeply by this so let us pray together and show we are a community who when faced with tragedy become united.”
Mr Glenn’s family said they have been overwhelmed by the public reaction.
“We just want to thank everybody so, so much for all the support that they have given us,” said his sister Katie Glenn.
In a post on Facebook, Mr Glenn’s mother Hester said she was heartbroken.
“Thanks 2 everyone who has come 2 help us find my beautiful handsome son. Please, please keep searching till we find him,” she said.
Meanwhile, colleagues of missing east Belfast school teacher Catherine Johnston (39) have gathered for a special church service.
The mother-of-one disappeared on December 13 last year, with her white Seat Leon car found at Ballintoy harbour on the Antrim coast.
Extensive searches have taken place in Ballintoy and the surrounding area.
Friends, family and staff at Hazelwood Integrated College in north Belfast gathered on Saturday just a short distance from where Ms Johnston went missing for a private service in Ballintoy Church of Ireland Church.
A science teacher at Hazelwood since 2005, Ms Johnston was described as like a mother to pupils.
Principal Kathleen O'Hare recently dedicated a leadership award to her colleague.
"I give thanks to her for her unfailing commitment to pupils in her leadership position at the college," she said.
"To Mrs Johnston, the likes of her will never pass this way again."
Police continue to appeal for information about Mrs Johnston's disappearance.
Inspector David Burns has said they want to speak to the occupants of a Vauxhall estate car, possibly an Insignia or an Astra, parked at Ballintoy around the time of the disappearance.
A man, woman and three children were using the car and it is thought that the adults took photographs while they were there.
The owner of a silver Transit van with a yellow taxi sign on the roof is also asked to get in touch.
Catherine is described as about 5ft 9in tall and of average build with light brown, shoulder-length hair.