Elisha Gault's heartbroken mother pays tribute to "beautiful, funny, intelligent" daughter

Carrick on Suir tragedy

Elisha Gault

Elisha Gault

The mother of Carrick-on-Suir teenager Elisha Gault has paid tribute to her "beautiful, funny, intelligent" daughter.

A week after she went missing 14 year-old Elisha's body was recovered from the River Suir last night.

In a message posted on social media last night (SUnday), Grainne Gault thanked all those who had helped in the search for her young daughter who was last seen in Carrick on Suir on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

"Our baby girl has been recovered, thank you all for your efforts in bringing her home to us, so we can now lay her to rest"

The discovery was made by Waterford based Rescue 117 shortly after 7pm on Sunday, March 25 on a section of the River Suir near Killowen, Portlaw. The Office of the State Pathologist was notified and a full post mortem examination is expected to be conducted today at Waterford University Hospital.

A book of condolence has opened at the Edge YDP in Carrick on Suir dedicated to Elisha.

Elisha Gault was last seen at about 10.15pm on St Patrick’s day on Dillon Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, heading towards the Carrickbeg area on the Co Waterford side of the town.

The family of the missing teenager made several heartbreaking appeals in the days that followed Elisha's disappearance on social media for help in tracing the whereabouts of their beloved daughter.

There was a glimmer of hope last Friday when gardaí appealed for a woman seen walking in the town to come forward, however that hope was dashed on Sunday evening. 

Hundreds of volunteers supported the massive search operation for the Comeragh College student including the gardaí, civil defence, the Coast Guard, Carrick River Rescue, Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, Nenagh Search and Rescue and Mallow Search and Rescue.

Funeral arrangements have now been announced.

If you have been affected by any issues raised in this article, please contact The Samaritans free helpline on 116 123 or by  email to

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