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Friday 18 April 2014

'Harrowing' inquest into Mari's death

The special outdoor presentation of the Nativity at the Holy Well on December 15th.

IN an exclusive interview, the parents of a five-year-old girl who died in an arson attack says the inquest into her death was harrowing.

Mother, Teresa Keane said: "I knew Mari was burned but I never realised how bad it was until the pathologist read out his report."

Innocent little Mari Keane Connolly died in a house fire in Boyle in the early hours of October 3rd, 2011.

BRAZEN thieves strike again in West Sligo.

The gang using a high-powered car is chased by Gardai, including the Regional Armed Response Unit, after striking once more during evening Mass time.

Residents in the area say they are now "living in fear."

IT is believed the horrific inferno that claims the lives of an elderly couple and their daughter in Manorhamilton is believed to have started in the living room.

Desmond McDonald (75), his wife, Celia (77), also known as Patsy, and their 34-year-old daughter, Patricia, perish in the early-morning blaze at Lisnabrack.

It emerges at the funerals for the victims that it is the second fire tragedy to hit the family.

Prayers are said for Mrs. McDonald's nephew, Patrick Joyce, a 39year-old fireman in Yonkers, New York, who lost his life when he ran into a blazing building in the belief that two women were still inside.

Dessie McDonald had returned to his native area 15 years ago after he retired as a New York bus driver.

It was from Mullies that he had left for the US in the early 1960's.

Mrs. McDonald, who spent most of her life in the Bronx, had returned to join her husband in Lisnabrack earlier this year.

HISTORY is made at Sligo Cathedral as the first Permanent Deacons are ordained for the Diocese of Elphin.

They include Sligo native Damien Kearns from Gleann, Riverstown.

All the men are married and can celebrate baptimism and marriage.

FAMILIES in Sligo and Leitrim mourn the death of their seven-yearold cousin who is one of the 20 children shot dead in America's worst mass shooting.

Little Daniel Barden is killed when a 20-year-old gunman storms his elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, shooting a total of 27 people before killing himself.

Daniel is a cousin of the Griffin family in Strandhill and the Flynn family in Calry.

His grandfather, Martin Giblin, is a native of Killargue, Co. Leitrim.

Martin's daughter, Jackie, is the little boy's mother.

THE future of St. Angela's College is secure with home economics teacher education set to continue.

That's the early Christmas present delivered by Sligo-born Minister of State Joe Costello.

While a formal announcement is awaited from the Education Minister, Ruairi Quinn, Minister Costello tells the launch of international programmes at the Clogherevagh campus: "I can assure you that the delivery of home economics teacher education at St. Angela's will continue into the future."

SLIGO mourns the death of three young me-two of them secondary school students at Summerhill College. Daniel Clarke (17) and Aaron Moran (18) are both Leaving Certificate pupils.

Aaron loses his battle with Leukemia, while Daniel dies at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, after falling ill.

Meanwhile, one of Sligo's bestknown sports fans, Kerry McKeown, dies after his brave batle with various illnesses.

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