Saturday 19 October 2019

Memorial service for Everest climber

A memorial service will be held tomorrow for father-of-one Seamus 'Shay' Lawless (39) who died hours after reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.

The search for the Trinity College professor from Bray, Co Wicklow, who went missing after falling while descending Everest 10 days ago, was called off last Friday. A memorial service will be held in the Holy Redeemer Church in Bray tomorrow at 11am. Donations in his memory to be given to Barretstown Children's Charity.

His family thanked all who donated to the search mission. More than €267,000 was donated for the search by more than 7,300 people. Any search funds not used will be refunded to donors.

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Garda's family suffer another loss

A family and community rocked by the death of a young garda in a hit-and-run incident 10 years ago have suffered another loss with the death of his brother, who was also a serving garda.

John McCallion (48), a father of three, had been on a leisure cycle and was found in an unresponsive state beside his bicycle close to his home in Swinford, Co Mayo, last Friday evening. A post-mortem was taking place yesterday to determine if death was from natural causes or from injuries sustained in a road traffic incident.

A decade ago his brother, Garda Robert McCallion, was on duty when killed in a traffic incident while responding to a call in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Dissident terrorist McGrane dies in prison

Dissident republican leader Seamus McGrane died in hospital yesterday after what was believed to be a heart attack in Portlaoise Prison. He was one of only two men jailed for for directing a terrorist organisation.

McGrane (65), from Dromiskin, Co Louth, was sent to prison for eleven and a half years by the Special Criminal Court in 2017.

No winner of €2.5m Lotto jackpot

There was no winner of last night's €2,450,740 Lotto jackpot. Numbers were; 12, 14, 17, 23, 27, 46 (Bonus 43). Plus One were; 13, 19, 20, 26, 36, 38 (bonus 22). Plus Two were; 4, 19, 23, 27, 30, 44 (bonus 2). The raffle drew 8557.

Goldsmith Festival examines journalism

Willie Kealy, former associate editor of the Sunday Independent, will speak on the future of journalism at the Oliver Goldsmith Literary Festival next weekend.

Each year the festival explores different aspects of the life and work of Goldsmith, a novelist, playwright and poet. This year's theme, which focuses on the writer's early life as a journalist in London, is 'Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no fibs - journalism, news and democracy: Grub Street in the 21st century.'

Head of RTE Radio 1 Tom McGuire will launch the event on Friday at The Rustic Inn in Abbeyshrule at 8pm.

Details on www.olivergoldsmithfestival.com.

Peace walk in memory of Lyra McKee

Friends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee started a three-day peace walk from Belfast to Derry yesterday.Hundreds turned out to begin the walk at Writer's Square in Belfast.

Ms McKee (29) was shot by dissident republicans the New IRA while observing clashes with police in Derry last month. Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody is due to join the walk tomorrow for a rally at Derry's Guildhall.

Austin Darragh left €2.5m in his will

Gay Byrne's 'radio doctor', Professor Austin Darragh, who died in 2015 aged 88, left an estate valued at €2.5m. The medical doctor and businessman lived at Hill of Tara in Co Meath.

Other wills: Michael Cullinane, national school teacher, Newtownpark Nursing Home, Blackrock, Dublin, left €1.98m; David Rickard, farmer, Moyalty, Kildalkey, Co Meath, left €1.9m; Jonathan Wogan, company director, The Pavilions, Dundalk, Co Louth, who died in Thailand, left €1.8m; John Lynch, Balkill Park, Howth, Dublin, left €1.7m; Josephine Kelly, company director, Inchicore Road, Dublin, left €1.5m; Denis Killoran, manufacturing agent, Lea Road, Sandymount, Dublin, left €1.4m; Liam Grogan, farmer and auctioneer, Croghan, Co Offaly, left €1.3m; Mona Keaveny, Oldcastle Road, Kells, Co Meath, left €1.16m; Patrick Grant, farmer and builder, Drumgun, Donegal, left €1,067,077; and former Miss Ireland June Keane, model and businesswoman, Heytesbury Lane, Ballsbridge, Dublin, left €118,998.

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