Donie O’Sullivan, who has been missing since Saturday, has been found alive but injured in Bondi Junction.
The 33-year-old, from Clooney Co Clare, was discovered “in the stairwell of a commercial building on Bronte Road, near the intersection of Ebley Street”.
Initial reports had identified the building as Easts Leagues Club but this has been denied by the club.
“It looks like he fell down some stairs. The caretaker found him there this evening. He has some injuries and was badly dehydrated but he’s in hospital now. I haven’t seen him yet,” his brother Johnnie told the Irish Echo.
“He managed to give his address and mobile number so we’re very relieved.”
Johnnie said he was not sure how his brother avoided detection for so long.
“It looks like he was there since Saturday morning,” Johnnie said.
There had been no sign of the Clareman since he left the Tea Gardens Hotel on Bronte Road in Bondi Junction about 10.30am on Saturday May 3.
Police, friends and family held grave concerns for him after it emerged that he had not accessed his bank account. He had no mobile phone with him, according to his brother.
A large volunteer search party with posters of Donie was mobilised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney over the past two days with growing despair about the Irishman’s fate.
His sister Anna is on her way to Australia.