DISCLAIMER: Everything detailed here is entirely from my own perspective. These are my own thoughts, theories and emotions. I want to keep Noah’s name alive and I feel as though this is the right place to vent my hurt and frustration for him and his family. Please take everything with a grain of salt because the chances that I’m gurning my eyes out and being an emotional wee wreck while writing this are super high.
Noah Donohoe was 14 years old when he went missing in North Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the 21st of June and it shook the entire community to its core. I am from North Belfast and I couldn’t fathom anything morbid would have happened to this young boy.
Unfortunately, despite all of the searching, support and prayers for Noah to be found safely, he was found in a storm drain six days on from when he went missing.
Right, before I start going mental here, lemme give you a wee bitta backstory on Norn Iron.
So when you mention Northern Ireland, everybody thinks of the troubles and if you’re unaware of what that is, you need to immediately crawl out of thon rock you’ve been hiding under for the past 50 years.
Basically, half the country is Irish/Catholic and the other half is British/Protestant. It’s fairly settled down now but there will always be tension between the two religions. Everyone is sick of it and anybody with a brain can see that religions should not be seen as a divide. We have big bad rona-19 pickin’ all sorts of numbers off, yet people still think it’s fine and dandy to attack one another based solely on whether you’re a “catholic” or a “protestant”. Like, really?
As petty as it is, you still need to be careful which areas and which communities you enter in Northern Ireland, particularly Belfast. So if you were a catholic, you wouldn’t strut your stuff up and down a protestant area because somebody might jump you or chase you and vice versa. There are bad on both sides and this craic is still happenin’.
So when Noah, a 14 year old catholic, went missing in a predominantly protestant area, tensions were flaring higher than a bonfire on the 12th of July.
I have never seen Northern Ireland, particularly Belfast, pull together so fast for something and it was all to search for this wee boy. It didn’t matter if he was catholic, protestant, black, white, purple or blue, the entirety of the country rapidly overcame their differences to search for Noah. There were no divides, there was no malice, there was no trouble. Young, old, religious and non-religious came together to search for him.
Twitter was flooded with messages, Facebook was booming with news, Whatsapp groups were pingin’ all over the show and everybody’s hearts were in their mouths.
How did this young boy go missing? Where is he? How has nobody seen him?
Rumours became mixed with facts and it became very hard to distinguish what happened. The original story/timeline was that Noah had left his home in East Belfast on his wee bike, he cycled to North Belfast to meet up with his mates, he fell off his bike and hit his head(?), took all his clothes off(?!?), continued to ride his bike nude(!!!!?) and that was the last time anybody had seen Noah.
Excuse me, do I look like I came up the Lagan in a bubble? ‘Cos I definitely didn’t.
Houl on a wee minute, you expect us all to believe this 14 year old boy was cycling about the shore road in the nude and nobody saw? No camera’s caught it? Where tf is the evidence? Who told you that story? Surely they’d ask him if he lost the plot? There is absolutely no way, especially in this day and age with all sorts of snapchats and Instagram stories, that a 14 year old boy is gonna roam about on a bike with no clothes on. Nope, sorry.
With any investigation, the police were holding back basically everything they knew. There were daily updates that were watched by thousands on Facebook, but it was never anything new. There were so many wee walks and searches that were organised every day by the community and everybody was doing their very best to help find Noah.
This child was missing for six days.
During these few days, a few of Noah’s items were recovered such as his backpack and laptop. No new information was being released until it was announced Noah had been found.
He was found in a storm drain that had previously been searched by the police but there was some weird craic with the tide so apparently they couldn’t search it fully(?).
It was announced that he had passed away by drowning and that there was no foul play.
No, I don’t accept this. Something doesn’t sit right with me here. I know it’s not my place to say but I can’t stress enough how I feel like something FISHY and SUSPICIOUS is going on here and Noah’s death is a loss felt by all sides. Northern Ireland is in mourning.
Out of respect, everybody has remained silent for Fiona Donohoe, Noah’s mother, and her family.
I really did hope and pray that Fiona would not settle for this verdict. There has to be more to Noah’s story. I am absolutely heartbroken for her loss and it’s evident that they were more than parent and child.
It’s clear they were best friends.
Oh my days, tears are about to start trippin’ me here. The bottom line is, Noah Donohoe did not deserve what happened to him. I, amongst many others, believe there is much more to the story and I think the least they could do for Noah’s mum is tell her the truth so she can begin to process what has happened.
Now that Fiona is taking this further, I think the least we can do is to shout Noah Donohoe’s name from the rooftops. Like, share, retweet, hashtag everything that is in support for Noah. I will be pasting a few links to hopefully gather more support from this post.
On the 16th of August, the hashtags #justicefornoah, #week8 and #mynoah began trending on Twitter. The hashtag #week8 was used to signify the number of weeks it has been since the 14 year old boy went missing.
I am so sad and hurt that this has happened. I believe there was foul play and this is a cover up. I am so proud of my community for pulling together and conducting searches, starting petitions, making a hashtag trend, making noise surrounding this issue and for the continued support for the Donohoe family.
I believe that if we continue to fight and push, we can change things and we can get the truth. So, please sign the petitions I have listed below, retweet like a crazy mofo, share every post and join in on the fight for the truth of what happened to Noah Donohoe.
Noah deserves justice.
Please follow the official twitter account for the Donohoe family @mynoah8. Fiona posts updates here and there will be a twitter storm every week on Sunday at 6:11pm using the hashtags #week8 and #remembermynoah.
Please sign the following petitions on change.org and share them all over the place!
Join and support the facebook group here.
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