Be Not Afraid Episode 3: Geraldine Roche

Be Not Afraid is a new six-part series which shows another side to the popular TV3 chef Edward Hayden. Edward, who presents The Saturday Show with Edward Hayden on KCLR, sits down with six local people to hear their true-life series.

In this episode, Geraldine Roche, mother of missing Kilkenny man, Dean Roche, talks about her heartache over her son’s disappearance, his life growing up and dealing with his crippling heroin addiction.

Dad-of-one Dean was last seen in Ballyfoyle, Co Kilkenny in March 22, 2015, where he went to buy a car. Geraldine recalls the first time she discovered Dean was using drugs.

“I was actually at my next-door neighbour’s wedding and I was talking to somebody about Dean and I said ‘I think Dean is smoking hash’ and this lady turned around to me and said ‘oh, he’s smoking more than hash’…” Geraldine described how she tried to get Dean help many times.

“I never wanted (heroin) for my children . I thought it only happened far away.”