University of Limerick students unite in search for missing peer

On November 9, over 30 students from the University of Limerick formed five search parties to locate their peer, Robert Funke, who has been missing since Sunday. 

Robert Funke is a Masters student at the University of Limerick, originally hailing from Germany. Funke has a huge amount of friends throughout the university community who will continue to search for the missing student.

Yesterday’s search was initiated by friends and classmates of Funke, starting from 2.30pm at the Postgraduate Students’ Union (PSU) meeting point.

PSU officers collaborated with their peers after numerous requests from concerned students.

“We fanned out in all directions to inquire with locals and distribute posters detailing Funke’s physical appearance and last known whereabouts,” said Roger Dsilva, president of the PSU.

Students followed the Shannon river trail, extending their search from Annacotty to the City Center. Simultaneously, others placed posters around the University premises and its surroundings, spanning all the way to Groody roundabout.

The search expanded further as additional students joined forces, canvassing the streets of Castletroy with posters. A separate search group ventured into the city and placed posters in high-traffic streets. 

Friends and classmates of Robert Funke expressed deep concern for his well-being, anxiously awaiting any updates on his location. As the search unfolds, PSU remains actively involved, closely monitoring the situation.

The Union’s officers are in close communication with security personnel and local Gardaí, awaiting further details.

PSU officers are available to provide assistance and support to students as they collectively hope for positive news regarding Robert Funke’s whereabouts. They can reach out through the PSU office, or by emailing Roger Dsilva at and Sarah (UL Chaplaincy) at

Anyone with any information on Robert’s whereabouts is asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212 400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station. 

Story written in collaboration with Roger Dsilva, PSU President.

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