DONEGAL MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERS OF FOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS IN LONDON

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A Donegal man has been charged with the murders of four soldiers in the IRA’s 1982 Hyde Park bombing.John Anthony Downey, 61, is accused of being planting a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive in London.He is originally from Clare but had been living in Creeslough for many years. He was arrested while going on holidays. The explosion killed four members of the Royal Household Cavalry as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.He was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday, say police.Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The Metropolitan Police Service has been investigating the explosion near Hyde Park in London which occurred on 20 July 1982. We have reviewed the evidence gathered and authorised them to charge John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland.“It is alleged that Downey is responsible for the improvised explosive device contained in a car parked in South Carriage Drive, SW1, London, which resulted in the deaths of four members of the Royal Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals, as they travelled on their daily route from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.“Downey has been charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young. He has also been charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life contrary to S3 Explosive Substances Act 1883.”Downey will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later today.The Hyde Park bomb came just over a year after IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands died in the Maze Prison.The Household Cavalrymen of the Blues and Royals were riding through Hyde Park on their way to the Changing of the Guard when a bomb cut through their ranks.Four men and seven horses were killed and a number of police officers and civilians were injured.Less than two hours later, a second explosion in a Regent’s Park bandstand killed seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen.The allegations against Downey are not related to this second incident.In 1987 Northern Ireland electrician Gilbert “Danny” McNamee was charged with making the Hyde Park bomb and jailed for 25 years.He served 12 years before being freed under the terms of the Good Friday peace deal.In 1998 his conviction was quashed at the High Court, after a high-profile campaign by celebrities including Eddie Izzard. But although his conviction was “unsafe” it did not follow he was innocent of the crime, the judges said.DONEGAL MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERS OF FOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS IN LONDON was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breaking newsdonegalDonegal DailyHyde Parklast_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Liverpool ready to bid for £39m-rated Sporting Lisbon forward

first_imgLiverpool are lining up a move for £39million-rated Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins.According to reports in Portugal, the Merseyside club are ready to launch a bid for the forward after scouting him throughout the season.Martins has been one of Sporting’s key players this term, scoring six goals in 32 outings and the club are bracing themselves for interest.His release clause is set at £46.5m but it has been suggested that Sporting would be willing to sell him for just under £40m under the right circumstances.And, with Martins aged just 22, Liverpool might decide that represents good value for money on a player whose prime years lie ahead of him. 1 Liverpool target Gelson Martins last_img read more

FORMER MONTANA GOVERNOR IS WINNER OF IRISH DIASPORA AWARD

first_imgAt the launch of the second Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this week in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. The award and related events are being coordinated by Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council to honour one of Donegal’s most famous descendants, Tip O’Neill, both for his outstanding achievements in American political life and especially for his invaluable commitment to the search for a lasting peace on the island of ireland at the launch are Josephine Friel, Caitlín Uí Chochláin,Comhordaitheoir Gaeilge, An Rannóg Pobal agus Fiontar, Comhairle Chontae Dhún na nGall, Peter McLaughlin, Buncrana Mayor, Cllr. Nicolas Crossan, Mickie Friel, Cousin Brian Schweitzer this years recipent, Seamus Canning, Donegal County Council, Sarah Meehan, Donegal County Council, Michael McBride, Donegal Deputy Mayor, Cllr. James Gill, John McLaughlin, Buncrana Town Manager, Leonard Roarty and Seamus Neely, County Manager. Photo Clive WassonBrian Schweitzer has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Irish Diaspora AwardThe Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr Peter Mc Laughlin, hosted the launch of the second Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this week in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana.The award and related events are being coordinated by Buncrana Town Council and Donegal County Council to honour one of Donegal’s most famous descendants, Tip O’Neill, both for his outstanding achievements in American political life and especially for his invaluable commitment to the search for a lasting peace on the island of Ireland. The weekend of the 20th and 21st of September will be devoted to Tip O’Neill, with a busy weekend of activities, including the presentation of the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award. On Friday, the 20th of September, before an invited audience at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana, the award will be presented to Brian Schweitzer, a prominent member of the present day Irish Diaspora.Brian Schweitzer was elected governor of Montana in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Schweitzer first entered politics in 1993, when President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Agriculture Department Farm Service Agency Committee. He served at the USDA for seven years. Schweitzer was chosen as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He has chaired both the Democratic Governors Association and the West Governors Association.Brian Schweitzer has strong Irish connections. Hannah Friel, Brian’s mother, was born in 1899 and left Rathmullan for America with her sister Mary Ann, while in her early twenties. Schweitzer has maintained close contact with Donegal and has a keen interest in the county and its people.The Mayor of Buncrana, Cllr Peter Mc Laughlin, welcomed the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award and all the positive cultural, heritage and enterprise events that are developing and progressing in the North West from its preparations and management. Mr John Mc Laughlin, Buncrana Town Manager, remarked that “the annual ceremony recognises the success of a member of the worldwide Irish Diaspora in their field of expertise and Brian Schweitzer is a very worthy recipient.” Mr Mc Laughlin also stated that this initiative will add greatly to the overall Donegal Diaspora initiative which is reaching out to people online, in Donegal and to all parts of the World.County Manager Seamus Neely also stated that “The Tip O’Neill Diaspora Irish Diaspora Award was a key element of the Donegal Diaspora Project which is reaching out to people with a connection to or interest in Donegal no matter where in the world they may be living.He stated that Governor Schweitzer is an excellent example of the Donegal Diaspora being a grandson of a woman who emigrated from Donegal early in the last century and has achieved the highest level of government and public service in his home state of Montana and indeed who has achieved prominence in the wider united state context.County Mayor Ian Mc Garvey welcomed the announcement with regard to this year’s recipient acknowledging the great work Schweitzer has carried out for the people in Montana during his two terms of state and also recognising the close connections he maintained in Donegal. FORMER MONTANA GOVERNOR IS WINNER OF IRISH DIASPORA AWARD was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FORMER MONTANA GOVERNOR IS WINNER OF IRISH DIASPORA AWARDlast_img read more

STEVE PROVES HE IS NO ‘FAKE’ WITH CLASSIC FRAMES VIDEO

first_imgUp and coming Donegal film-maker Steve McCollum’s video for Irish band The Frames hit single Fake is still being watched by thousands of people on You Tube.To date the Letterkenny film-maker and animator’s work has pulled in a superb 127,000 viewers. Simply click and play to watch the video and hear the song.     STEVE PROVES HE IS NO ‘FAKE’ WITH CLASSIC FRAMES VIDEO was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FakeSteve McCollumThe Frameslast_img read more