Special Correspondent at Mediahuis Ireland, Catherine covers a wide range of news and human-interest stories. Her focus is on in-depth and investigative writing.A native of Newry, Co.Down, she is a former Journalist of the Year (2017), feature writer of the year (2017 and 2019) and is the author of the number one bestseller ‘The Murder of Mr Moonlight.’Prior to her current role, Catherine held the positions of Chief Correspondent and Senior Feature Writer with the Irish Daily Mail.As well as reporting nationally for over a decade, her journalism has taken her on assignment all over the world including to Brazil, Mexico and Mauritius.
Nadine Lott’s heartbroken mother has spoken of the “monstrosity and evil” her daughter endured during her final hours, describing her brutal murder as “the devil at work”.
The identity of ‘Baby John’, who was found on a beach in Kerry in 1984 bearing 28 stab wounds led to a series of events that dragged an innocent woman, Joanne Hayes, through a botched garda investigation and a flawed tribunal, before she eventually received a State apology for her treatment.
It was Saturday, April 14, 1984. Local farmer Jack Griffin was running along White Strand Beach in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, when he saw what looked like a doll lying on the rocks. He looked closer and realised it wasn’t a doll. It was the lifeless body of a naked baby boy. An empty fertiliser bag was nearby.
Helen Ward dialled the number and waited. She was used to waiting. Last year, after more than 50 years apart, she found a brother she never knew existed, David. But as she waited for her call to be answered, she found herself counting each individual ring.
Eileen O’Sullivan was a creature of habit. Nearly every day, like clockwork, she would take to the roads with her dog, Henry. She usually walked alone, ambling along the narrow country boreens close to the family home, waving to neighbours as she passed. The mother of one didn’t drive, so if she needed to venture farther it was Mossie, her partner of more than 20 years, who would take her to where she needed to go.
Tributes have been paid to Jamie O’Sullivan (24) - a victim of Tuesday’s devastating shootings in Lixnaw that also claimed the lives of his mother, Eileen, and his father, Mossie, in a suspected murder-suicide.
It was around 8pm on Tuesday when John Mahony phoned his neighbour Mossie O’Sullivan for a chat. As well as living close to each other in the rural hinterland of Lixnaw, Co Kerry, the two men were firm friends, speaking to each other on a regular basis, either in person or on the phone.
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