UPDATE: The 12-year-old boy reported missing in Rathcoole earlier this evening has been located safe and well and reunited with his family.
Liam Goodwin had failed to return home from school this afternoon, sparking the search.
In a statement, An Garda Síochána and Liam’s family said they would like to thank each and every person who shared the post on social media, the Civil Defence and all the members of the public who assisted us in searching for Liam.
Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy said: "I would like to sincerely thank everyone in Rathcoole and the surrounding community for their wonderful response to our call for assistance this evening in finding Liam. The people of Rathcoole can be extremely proud of their community and their response this evening.
"I also want to thank everyone throughout the country who shared the information on the various social media platforms. Tonight showed how powerful social media can be when used in the right way.
"I also want to thank Sergeant Mark Gallagher and Inspector Ronan Barry for co-ordinating the community effort and the support units such as Air Support, Roads Policing and our control centre. Liam is home and safe with his family, thanks to all your work. Well done and sleep well."
A 12-year-old boy has been missing since this afternoon, Monday April 29, after he failed to return home from school.
Gardaí in Rathcoole Co Dublin wish to seek the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Liam Goodwin missing since approximately 3pm today, Monday 29th April 2019.
Liam didn’t return home from school today at 3pm. He was wearing a school uniform; Maroon Holy Family uniform, grey shirt, grey trousers, black Nike runners and carrying a cobalt blue Super Dry schoolbag.
He is described as being 5’ 9 in height, sandy coloured hair, with brown eyes, and sallow skin.
Gardaí and Liam’s family are very concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who has seen him or who can assist in locating him is to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 – 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.