By Patricia Devlin POINTING at an image of his bandmates on an assembly hall screen, Stephen Travers asks a roomful of school pupils, 'Can any of you identify the Protestants or the Catholics?' It was a question no teacher would dare ask, but for the Miami Showband survivor it was part of an important lesson not being taught in today's classroom - the horror … Continue reading Bringing the horror of Ulster’s past into today’s classroom
Simone aged 8 By Patricia Devlin A WOMAN left for dead in a sickening sex attack when she was just eight years-old has broken her silence for the first time. Brave Simone Cunnane from Newry, Co Down, has waived her right to anonymity to tell the Sunday World: "I know the identity of the stranger … Continue reading ‘I know I am not the only one he has raped’ – woman left for dead after horror attack at 8 years old breaks silence
In June 2008 devoted mum Catherine Delaney McCormack answered a late night knock at her Clondalkin home. As she opened the door a man wearing a mask raised his pistol and fired blasting the care worker to the floor. As she laid dazed and bleeding the man - who could clearly see her two young … Continue reading This woman was shot 12 times in front of her children. The man responsible is still walking the streets of Ireland.
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Martin McGuinness 1950 - 2017 News broke shortly after 7am today that Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, had passed away. The 66-year-old Irish republican died after a short illness in Derry’s Altnagelvin hospital surrounded by his family. He had a rare genetic disease caused by deposits of abnormal protein – amyloid – in … Continue reading ‘I worked on vital negotiations that I believe have changed Ireland forever, and for good’ Martin McGuinness
Patricia Devlin SHE'S Sinn Fein's new leader in the north. But outside of Michelle O'Neill's Stormont roles, little is known about the young Tyrone woman who has stepped into the shoes of republican leader Martin McGuinness. Born in 1977 to Kathleen and Brendan Doris, Michelle was brought up in the staunchly republican village of … Continue reading The young Tyrone woman set to become Deputy First Minister
It's been a week now since I contacted Gardai to ask for a response to allegations that the only sketch of a suspect in the brutal, unsolved murder of RTE set designer Charles Self has 'went missing' from detective files. I was told by the press office that my query had been passed to the investigating … Continue reading Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?
By Patricia Devlin A FANTASIST who made a false police report claiming former Health Minister Jim Wells made homophobic comments at a public event has claimed she is the child of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth. Dorothy 'Dee' Gardener made the astonishing allegation on an internet broadcast show where she also sensationally claimed to have no criminal convictions. In a … Continue reading Jim Wells fantasist claims: ‘I’m child of evil paedophile priest’
ONE of the longest running newspaper investigations I have ever carried out was one involving a Co Tyrone puppy farmer who was selling hundreds of sick and dying dogs to animal lovers across Ireland. Co Tyrone woman Wilma Little posed under so many aliases, used so many phone numbers and managed to meet 'customers' in … Continue reading Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas
“Writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in mental health” My GP explained at the end of my 15 minute consultation with her.
“Not really my thing but I’ll give it a go”I duly replied, never expecting that I would actually start a blog let alone write about traumatic experiences. I only made the appointment with my doctor as I felt I needed a little bit more time off work following the discovery of my fathers decomposing body. My plan was to get the time off, let the dust the settle and get back into running then return to work feeling fresh.
Last week – rather nervously I might add – I decided to follow through with the idea of writing and posted a blog about a memorable day I had during my operational tour of Afghanistan during my military career…
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