Saturday 21 October 2017

Weather threat to search operation

Barry Davis Ryan
Barry Davis Ryan
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

WEATHER conditions threaten to severely hamper the search for a student who drowned alongside his father in an heroic bid to save his girlfriend after she was swept into the sea.

A third day of searches by 60 rescue personnel supported by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter failed to locate the remains of Barry Davis Ryan (20) in Baltimore harbour in west Cork.

The Cork Institute of Technology student, a grandson of Penneys/Primark founder Arthur Ryan (82), drowned alongside his girlfriend Niamh O'Connor (20) and his father Barry Ryan Snr (51).

The Ryan family visited the scene to thank rescue officials.

Ms O'Connor will be buried following Requiem Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Glounthaune, Cork at 10am tomorrow.

Woman arrested in Christy Keane probe

GARDAI investigating the shooting of crime boss Christy Keane have arrested a woman in relation to the incident.

The suspect, who is aged in her 20s, was arrested in Limerick yesterday evening and was taken to the Roxboro Road Garda Station for questioning.

This is the second person to be arrested in connection with the incident. A man (37) also remains in custody.

Keane (54) remains in a serious but stable condition at University Hospital Limerick after been shot four times last Monday on the grounds of the University of Limerick.

Search for missing couple feared dead

FRESH searches are under way for missing couple Willie Maughan and Anna Varslavane who are feared dead.

The pair were reported missing on April 14 last by relations, and despite a number of public appeals regarding their whereabouts from Willie's family, they still have not been found.

Gardai are searching an area on the Dublin-Meath border near the M1 motorway.

The operation along the Devlin River has been ongoing since Wednesday and more searches are expected today.

Sources say gardai are working on information that the couple's bodies had been dumped in a pond close to the motorway.

It is feared that a Dublin criminal gang murdered the pair and dumped their bodies at a rural location.

Irish Independent

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