The body of a woman in her forties has been found in the Bandon river between Kilmacsimon and Ballinadee.
The woman, whose name has not yet been released but is not from the area, is set to undergo a post mortem at Cork University Hospital this morning to determine the cause of death, but it is not thought to be suspicious.
A major search and rescue operation was undertaken yesterday morning when the woman’s car was found abandoned on a stretch of road between Bandon and Innishannon.
Gardaí at Bandon, Kinsale and Youghal as well as members of the Kinsale Coast Guard, the West Cork Garda search team and members of the RNLI all coordinated the search which centred on a two-mile stretch of river between Innishannon back towards Bandon.
However, the search was later extended and upwards of 100 local volunteers joined in the search for the missing woman.
Poor conditions and a high tide hampered the operation but the dead woman was located at approximately 6.30pm yesterday before being airlifted to CUH.
Gardai in fresh appeal to catch killers
THE garda cold-case unit yesterday put the details of five unsolved murders on a website in a bid to jog the memories of potential witnesses.
The Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) placed the details of five cold cases on the garda website to jog the memory of those who may have information relating to the killings.
And they are pleading with people who were unwilling or unable to contact detectives in the past to do so through an email facility on the web page.
One of the cases they hope to crack is that of 17-year-old Raonaid Murray.
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Dublin schoolgirl's murder. She was killed at Silchester Crescent in Glenageary on September 1999.
The case of pensioner Eddie Fitzmaurice is also under the spotlight. He was found dead in his shop at Bellaghy, Charlestown, Co Mayo, in 1998.
Details relating to the murder of Kildare man Dessie Fox, who was murdered at Healy's Bridge, Prosperous, Co Kildare, on September 30, 1990, are also being sought.
Gardai are also attempting to crack the case of Lorcan O'Byrne, who was murdered at The Angler's Rest Pub in Dublin on October 11, 1981.
And they are seeking help with the murder of mother-of-three Nora Sheehan.The 53-year-old was found dead at Shippool, Innishannon, Co Cork, on June 12, 1981.She was last seen alive outside the South Infirmary Hospital, Cork, at 9.45pm on June 6, 1981.
To date, just three people have been charged in relation to the murders cited on the web page.
Speaking at the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Harcourt Square yesterday, Detective Superintendent Christy Mangan said the website and email facility would be helpful.
"This is an investigation tool widely used by a number of other police forces involved in reviews of unresolved serious crime," he said.
"It is hoped that persons who may have significant information in relation to a particular unresolved crime, and who in the past have been unable or unwilling to contact gardai will now do so through this innovative process."
He said contact could also be made through the Garda Confidential line or through Crimestoppers.
The garda website is at www.garda.ie
Teenager loses battle for life after cycling accident
Saturday, August 08, 2009
A TEENAGER knocked down while out cycling with friends on Wednesday last died from his injuries yesterday.
O’Donoghue, aged 14, from Innishannon, Co Cork, was surrounded by his parents
Sean and Ann and other family members at Cork University Hospital (CUH) when the
decision was taken to switch off his life-support machine.
A MINI-RIOT took place in and around a Bandon pub in what a district court judge called “seven minutes of madness,” the local heard this week.
Bandon Court heard that three separate fights took place in the beer garden of The Bridge Bar, Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon, within seven minutes just after midnight on November 23 last. Tables were upturned, glass littered the floor and gardai who were at the scene were concered that those involved in the incidents would suffer serious injuries.
A total of eight locals were convicted of public order and obstruction charges in court, but the licensee, Larry Lawless, had two charges that were brought against him dismissed. Lawless was cleared of permitting drunkeness to take place in the bar on November 23 and permitting disorderly conduct to take place in the bar.
Judge James McNulty was critical of that fact that gardai didn’t try to locate CCTV footage of the incidents, which was available in the Bridge Bar, and that gardai did not notify Lawless that he would be brought to court to face charges. He said CCTV footage would have given Lawless the chance or prepare a proper defence.
There was just one barman on duty that night and no security at the door of the pub.
Sgt. Ian O’Callaghan told the court that the series of incidents in the bar began at 12.08am on November 23. He and another garda were on foot patrol near the bar when they noticed a man, who turned out to be Lithuanian, hitting a woman in the beer garden.
They went and arrested the man, but when they brought him from the pub to the street a bystander told the sergeant that another incident was “kicking off” in the beer garden. When Sgt. O’Callaghan, who had radioed for assistance, went back in, he found two men, David McSweeney and Shane O’Driscoll, fighting on the floor of the beer garden.
There was broken glass and bottles around the floor due to the melee and the sergeant was concered that the men would be injured. When he broke up the fight, McSweeney ran off up Oliver Plunkett Street and the sergeant told O’Driscoll to leave the premises.
In evidence, Shane McSweeney said when he went to stop a fight in the pub O’Driscoll punched him. He grabbed him and both fell to the ground.
He said he was trying to hold him to stop the fight from escalating. He then left the pub because he didn’t want any trouble.
In the meantime, Garda Michelle McGrath had arrived on the scene and was trying to contain a number of women who were shouting and aggressive. Rosarie Lyons, who was drunk and aggressive, had to be removed urgently from the beer garden, because things were getting out of control.
She was taken to a waiting garda car on the street. Sgt. O’Callaghan stayed with her while three other gardai went to restore order in the beer garden, where the pushing, shoving and roaring continued.
The people in the beer garden filtered out on to the street and Lyons was taken to Bandon garda station.
Sgt. O’Callaghan said that a number of other public order offences then unfolded on the street, around 12.17am. Patrick O’Driscoll walked up to the Bridge Bar roaring and shouting abuse at the Buckley family, from Crossbarry, Innishannon. He challenged them, saying “I’ll take all you f..kers on.”
“These were very inflammatory remarks, regarding what went on in the previous ten minutes,” Sgt O’Callaghan told the court. It was suggested in court that the incident was a “Crossbarry versus Bandon” situation.
The sergeant arrested O’Driscoll, who resisted arrest and refused to get into the garda car. A number of people surrounded the garda car and demanded the release of O’Driscoll. They were very intimidating and the sergeant was concerned for the safety of all present.
He then released O’Driscoll into the custody of his father, who took him away from the scene in a taxi.
Sgt. O’Callaghan said there were 10 to 12 people in the beer garden that night, all of them drunk, and their behaviour was not rational. “They were out of control. They could have suffered serious injury from broken glass or somebody could have ended up in the river behind the low wall of the beer garden.”
Garda Michelle McGrath told the court that when she came into the beer garden she found Rosarie Lyons and Sarah Buckley pushing, punching and kicking each other. As she tried to separate them she heard glass crashing to the floor. Buckley’s brother, Damien Buckley, pushed Lyons away.
Garda McGrath arrested Lyons, who was drunk and abusive and brought her out to the garda car. Outside, Shane O’Driscoll, Lyons’ son, pulled Garda McGrath back and shouted abuse at her.
The garda went back to the beer garden to speak to Sarah Buckley, who was very aggressive and who shouted in the garda’s face. Sarah Buckley’s brothers, Paul and Damien, tried to interfere when Garda McGrath tried to arrest her and two other women were also aggessive, insisting that Buckley would not be arrested.
Garda McGrath said she felt under threat. “I pulled back, observed and took names and details. I feared for my safety, the safety of the people around me and the safety of the innocent people who were in the vicinity. The people in the beer garden were totally out of control,” she said.
Both Rosarie Lyons and Sarah Buckley denied that they had been fighting. Lyons admitted to shouting and roaring, but not to attacking Buckley. In evidence, Buckley said she was not drunk. Patrick O’Driscoll had got into a fight with another person and her brother, Paul, had intervened to stop it.
She then intervened on her brother’s behalf and, as she did so, Lyons grabbed her by the hair. She added that Garda McGrath asked her for ID and she produced a passport.
Buckley told the court that when Garda McGrath came back to collect her jacket and radio from the beer garden she said: “I’m sick of all you tramps.” Garda McGrath denied that she made this remark.
The man who was working alone in the bar that night, Meleut Cuss, told the court that there were just four people in the pub up to 11.30 pm, when a crowd from Crossbarry came in.
He said he tried to contact the licensee, Larry Lawless, who was not working that night, but he wouldn’t come in. Cuss said he couldn’t be expected to “throw people outside the door”. He said most of the Crossbarry group bought a drink when they came in, but they didn’t seem to have a lot of drink taken.
He added that he didn’t expect such trouble on the premises that night. “It was a nasty night, it is not usual to have so many people fighting at once,” he said. There were normally two security people on the door at weekends, but there were none that night because Lawless was unable to pay them.
He said there were nine CCTV cameras on the premises that night, including two in the beer garden, but he was not asked by gardai if CCTV was available.
Judge McNulty asked why that gardai had not examined CCTV footage from the pub. “One of the first questions to be asked in an investigation would be if there was CCTV footage available. This is elementary,” he said.
Inspector Brendan Fogarty told him that it appeared that gardai had not made enquiries about CCTV on the premises, because they assumed it wasn’t there. Gardai investigating other incidents in the pub had been told in the past the the cameras were not working at the time.
The judge said CCTV footage would have thrown more light on the involvement of some of the defendants in the incidents.
Lawless’ solicitor, Mr. Plunkett Taaffe, said his client should not be convicted of allowing disorderly conduct in the bar. “If trained gardai couldn’t contain the situation, how could he?” he said.
Judge McNulty agreed that there had been a mini-riot in and around Lawless’ premises in “seven minutes of madness”.
Mr. Taaffe added that Lawless didn’t know that a prosecution was coming down the line – if he had, he would have held on the CCTV footage, which is re-recorded after 30 days. Lawless was not asked for a statement and there was no subsequent investigation of the incidents.
Inspector Fogarty said Lawless didn’t have adequate security in the pub, which was frequented by a lot of young people, and the incidents should not have been allowed to happen. “Gardai are not security men,” he said.
Judge McNulty dismissed the charge of permitting drunkeness on the premises, because the evidence was not strong enough to sustain it. In relation to the charge of permitting disorderly conduct, he said it would be unjust to convict Lawless.
There had been two omissions by gardai: Lawless should have been told that there was a risk of a prosecution, to allow him time to gather evidence in his own defence. And the fundamental question regarding the availabilty of CCTV was not asked.
“CCTV footage would have assisted the prosecution, some of the defendants and Lawless himself. It was a significant ommision,” the judge said.
He added that there was evidence of poor management in the pub. “Is was lamentable that there was just one member of staff in the pub on a Saturday night.”
Charlene Ryan (19) of 2 Clancoolmore, Bandon, who interfered in the arrest of Sarah Buckley, was fined €100 for using threatening and abusive words and behaviour on the night and a further €200 for refusing to obey a direction given by a garda.
David McSweeney (24) of 6 Knockbrogan Park, Bandon, who has eight previous convictions, was fined €750 for using threatening and abusive words and behaviour.
Raymond Ryan (44) of Clancoolmore, Bandon, who has 20 pervious convictions and was involved in trying to prevent the arrest of Patrick O’Driscoll on the night, was fined €200 for being drunk in public. Charges of using threatening and abusive words and behaviour and obstructing a garda were adjourned to the November 6 sitting of the court for a probation report.
Rosarie Lyons (37) of 16 Clancool Terrace, Bandon, was fined €200 for being drunk in public and €400 for using threatening and abusive words and behaviour.
Patrick O’Driscoll of 16 Clancool Terrace, was remanded in custody to the sitting of Kinsale Court on July 9 for sentencing. He is facing six charges under the Public Order Act.
Damien Buckley of Belrose Cottage, Crossbarry, Innishannon, who has eight previous convictions, was sentenced to 60 days’ imprisonment for using threatening and abusive words and behaviour and Sarah Buckley (19), also of Belrose Cottage, Crossbarry, had a charge of using threatening and abusive words and behaviour adjourned to the November 6 sitting of the court for a probation report.
Paul Buckley (25), also of Belrose Cottage, Crossbarry, who has 17 previous convictions, was sentenced to 90 days’ imprisonment for using threatening and abusive words and behaviour and a concurrent 90 day sentence for refusing to obey a direction given by a garda.
09/07/2009 - 17:37:37 Pharma firm Schering-Plough today secured an injunction at the High Court prohibiting picketing of its manufacturing site in Innishannon, Co Cork. The company said the injunction was sought after a picket by electricians identifying themselves as members of theTechnical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) was placed at the site last Wednesday morning. Schering Plough, which employs 570 people at the site, said the picketers were unknown to anybody at the site and that no notice of industrial action was served. The firm has a number of TEEU members in its employment however it insists they are not in dispute with the company. While the company has used external electrical contractors it is not an electrical contractor and does not have any employees subject to the registered employment agreement for the electrical contracting industry. The company sought the order because it has serious concerns that the picket will adversely effect production at the plant. The injunction was granted by Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, who made the matter returnable to early next week.
The march of the silent people
Innishannon jockey wins in England
Friday September 12 2008
CLAIMING jockey Aidan Coleman from Innishannon Kinsale who was the young riding sensation in England last season, continues to make the headlines, and has commenced the present season in great style. At Hereford Races during the week he was seen to advantage on Silver Kate in the bumper which romped home by 17 lengths at 16/1.
The outstanding young claimer who is attached to the powerful Venetia Williams stables at Herefordshire came from well off the pace, making steady headway on the outside at halfway, he produced his mount over 2 from home and went right away to win impressively.
THE final evening race meeting of the year at Mallow racecourse takes place tomorrow evening Friday commencing at 4.10pm. The opening event a valuable €20,000 maiden is over 6 furlongs. The Mallow fillies handicap of €15,000 will be contested over 6f. Race 3 is the Newmarket maiden over 7f. The Derinstown Stud Apprentice handicap is to be contested over 7f. The Navigation Road rated race of €15,000 will be contested over one mile. The penultimate event, the 46-65 Killetra Handicap is over one mile, while the concluding Dromahane handicap will be contested over 10furlongs. A great evening of exciting and competitive racing is in prospect and is expected to attract a hugh attendance.
THE seven-day Listowel racing Festival commences on Sunday next. The countries leading harvest racing festival celebrates its 150th anniversary and a great week of excitement and top class racing is in store for the thousands of racegoers which will pack the famous island course each day. The prize fund for the week is a massive 1.3 millon euros, with the week’s highlight being the Guinness Kerry National on Wednesday which carries a prize fund of €160,000. Previous winners of this prestigious race have been The Gooser, Life of a Lord, Doran’s Pride, Monty’s Pass, and last year Ponmeoath. Listowel Race Company in a very generous gesture on their part,and as a thank you to their many loyal supporters down through the years, will be charging only half price of 10 euros on Monday, to gain admission to the course.
The importance of the Listowel races to Horse racing Ireland, can be seen from the comments of their chief executive Brian Kavanagh ‘Horse racing Ireland are delighted to support such a prestigious race meeting, and the importance of Listowel, from a tourism and industry prospective, as well as a racing one is hugh, and cannot be over emphasised, the week long festival attracts a hugh influx of visitors, to Co Kerry, creating massive revenue for the local economy. Thanks to the hard work of the Listowel management and racecourse committee, significant improvements have been made to facilities in recent years, with grant aid support from Horse racing Ireland.
Racing in Listowel has a proud history stretching back to 1858, and more importantly, they can look forward to greater success in the future, bringing quality racing to the region ‘. Listowel won the prestigious Powers Gold Label Racecourse of the Year award in 2006 event
Sunday is Kerry Group Day with the hugh world leading foods ingredients group sponsoring the entire 7 race card at 2.55pm, which features the €60,000 Dawn milk Chase over 2 m 3f, Racing on Tuesday commences at 2 45pm with the €40,000 premier nursery, over one mile the feature.
Wednesday is Kerry national day with racing commencing at 2.05pm. The action on Thursday commences at 2. 25 with the Grade C Guinness Handicap Hurdle of €50,000 the feature event. Friday’s card commences at 2.05pm with the Southampton Goodwill chase of €30,000 the feature.
Racing concludes on Saturday at 2pm with twin features, The Guinness Surge novice chase of €30,000 over 2m1f, and the Edmond Whelan handicap hurdle of €30,000 over 2 1/2 miles. Granted favourable weather conditions a record meeting is in prospect. In the event of divides during the week race starting times may change.
Aug 29 2008: Equestrian: Newmarket races return after 25-year absence
EQUINE enthusiasts convene in Newmarket on Sunday next where horse and pony racing will be revived for the first time in 25 years. Though its dates back to the 1980’s on the last meeting, Newmarket in common with the renowned Duhallow Region has maintained an interest with horses over the years and all the fun of racing is promised on Sunday.
Organising Chairman Jerry Daly who is well known as a commentator on the race circuit indicates a full and complete programme is promised on a course situated at Drominarigle. “It’s a great opportunity for the North Cork public to see the rising stars and future champion jockeys in action”, he said.
Mr. Daly explained that household names such as Adrian Maguire, Danny Mullins, Timmy Murphy, Paul Townsend, Norman Williamson and Nina Carbery are amongst the graduates of pony racing.
In Newmarket on Sunday, the new stars of the weighroom will parade their skills and enthusiasm. Currently Darragh Lordan from Innishannon has ridden twenty four winners this season and Gavin Sheehan of Dunmanway emerged the champion jockey at the Dingle races. Also figuring in Newmarket will be champion lady jockey Kate O’Brien, Eddie Lenihan and Seamus Cronin from Churchtown, Conor King of Kilbrin and Shane Fitzgerald from Buttevant.
A mixed itininary covering twelve races caters for all interests and the schedule runs under the auspices of HPRA rules. Amongst the horses to look out for the punter are Maniac, winner of 140 races and The Pie unbeaten in 56 races for the Ballybunion syndicate. Dual Dingle winner Chake Shivara will bring the Dunmanway backers while the Macroom owned The Boodynman is sure to find support.
Also amongst the entries are Patch, Here Comes the Pain, Mr Lucky and big Cahirciveen winner Eurostar. The card will include a number of races for local people of all ages including tiny tots to a ladies race and a sportsman race for local enthusiasts. Total prizemoney on offer is €5,000, the feature event is the Newmarket Derby over two miles and carrying a €1,000 fund sponsored by John Lenihan.
Mr. Daly is keeping his fingers crossed that the weatherman will oblige on a favourable day and promises the track to be in excellent shape.
“The meeting is billed as a celebration of the return of horse and pony racing to Newmarket., he said. A number of presentations are planned for the leading jockey, horse and pony at a function after racing in Hourigans.
2008 FoI documents reveal complaints against nursing homes
From The Iriish Times: In one instance in the Upton Nursing Home in Innishannon, Co Cork, an allegation was made in relation to dehydration, pressure ulcers and bruising on body, both new and discoloured. The “complete complaint” was validated and staff educated on relief of pressure ulcers and dehydration.
From The Examiner: Meanwhile, in west Cork, Upton House in Innishannon was the subject of 12 complaints over three years. Families had issues with their staff levels, wound care at the facility, cross infection and staff understanding of dementia. Management at Upton House were unavailable for comment last night but in a statement, the facility said they always follow HSE guidelines, recommendations and protocol.
If you have any concerns about Upton House click here for HSE inspection reports on the Nursing Home
The Blasket islanders had a saying, "Ar scath a chéile a mhaireann na daoine" (we live in the shelter of each other). This beautiful sentiment is the essence of Alice Taylor's sixth memoir and her first non-fiction book in 10 years, depicting life as part of a community defined by its parish in rural County Cork.
Taylor's first memoir To School Through the Fields, published in 1989, catapulted her to international success. Subsequently, she published four others, Quench the Lamp, The Village, Country Days and The Night Before Christmas, earning her the reputation of something of an Irish institution and selling in huge numbers (she is, according to her publisher, Ireland's best-selling author). The appeal is the nostalgia for better days gone by, when life in Ireland was simpler and somehow seemed to have a meaning and beauty that we have lost in the meantime in spite of all our success. And it helped, too, that her books -- particularly To School Through the Fields -- were written in lyrical prose that was a joy to read.
Her books have been translated into many languages including some perhaps unexpected ones such as Japanese and Slovakian, their appeal being in their depiction of a way of life that's becoming extinct, not just in Ireland, but in many other places, too. So they chime with the Small is Beautiful movement, with the growing realisation that local community is very precious and must be nurtured and preserved.
Taylor's latest book, The Parish, deals directly with this central idea. It's a benign account of the extraordinary things that the members of a close-knit community do for the good of their parish and ultimately for each other.
Family life spills out into the wider community and both are intrinsically linked within a micro-society whose inhabitants certainly live in the shelter of each other. Nowhere is this more evident than when death visits the parish.
Through a series of vignettes of life in her own village, Innishannon, Taylor explores the positive values of the social community that makes up the parish. Her story-telling ability lures us into a world of church fund-raising, Tidy Towns, local magazines, gardening and the myriad of activities at the heart of rural life. The book also tells a tale or two of personal loss and grief and the consolation that's to be had from a community coming together in collective mourning. Taylor paints pen pictures of local characters who leap to life from the pages. There's Con, the school teacher, who came to the Taylor household for a few days and ended up staying for over 30 years, and of course Gabriel, the author's late husband, to whom the book is dedicated.
She succeeds in capturing both these gentle characters so well that perhaps this is why, when they die, the reader feels a genuine sense of grief at their passing.
Alice Taylor's memoirs are frequently lauded as a written record of a vanishing Ireland that's slowly disappearing with the closure of each rural post office, and the replacement of the local village shop with a distant hypermarket, and all that is true. But there's another way of looking at it.
Being of rural stock myself, I found Taylor's account of life in The Parish familiar to the point of being mundane at times, the endless meetings, fund-raising initiatives, football training sessions, and so on. To anyone who has grown up in the country, what she writes about is not that unusual and reads like an account of a lot of our parents' social lives. So, is the parish and the rural way of community life dying? It's evolving certainly, as it has done with every generation. People said that rural electrification, for example, was going to change country life beyond recognition and so it did, but it didn't destroy it. The fact is that many of the changes are for the better. And many rural communities and parishes are vibrant and flourishing today.
Even so, there are aspects of the old way that we are losing and we will be the poorer for it. Who's left to take over from the Alices and the Gabriels and the other people in The Parish that made Innishannon a community rather than a just a geographical location?
Mar 29 2007
Plan for North Ring Road to relieve congestion in Bandon
Valley Rovers honour players
CORK and All-Star footballer, James Masters, is to be guest of honour at the 18th annual Bandon Opinion/First Active Community and Sports Awards, which will take place on Friday, April 13 in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon at 8 p.m. For the past seventeen years, the organisers have honoured the success of individuals, clubs and voluntary organisations throughout West Cork, in the fields of sport, culture, enterprise and community endeavour. Upwards of twenty-five awards will be presented this year in front of an expected attendance of 600 people, making it once again the social night of the year in West Cork. Some of the major award winners last year included entrepreneur John Fleming, who received the Person of the Year award, Theresa McCarthy, national president of Soroptomists and Irish Girl Guide Association, who received a Lifetime Achievement award, and Rachel Moloney, Courcey Rovers Camogie Club, who was deemed Sport Star of the Year. Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber was presented with the Community Award and Kilmeen Drama group won the Cultural Award. Other winners included Billy Good, Bandon Athletic Club (Hall of Fame). St. Brogan’s GAA Club (Club of the Year), Sean Lynch, Innishannon Soccer Club (Club Person of the Year). There were also a number of Achievement and Youth Awards presented. The final adjudication for the 2006 awards has been made and there is a huge sense of anticipation in the run-up to the ceremony.