1654423877[Jahmal Swaby]

A schoolboy who was ignored by passersby as he staggered into the road with a gaping knife wound after being robbed at Finsbury Park station [on Sunday morning] is trying to track down the Good Samaritans who came to his aid and probably saved his life.

…Despite being injured and distressed, he was ignored by passers-by. Drivers swerved around him as he staggered into the road in a desperate attempt to seek help.
He was eventually saved by two men who told him not to panic, placed him on the ground and put pressure on the wound to reduce the loss of blood, before calling an ambulance.

“….When the police came, the men who helped were pushed to one side but they didn’t leave. They waited till the ambulance came to take me away.”

The two helpers were both white, middle aged, around 6ft tall and of normal build. Both had Irish accents and one was wearing a black polo top.

Teen stabbed in chest in Finsbury Park desperate to find Good Samaritans (London24)

Thanks DD


turner-martyn[Martyn Turner' (above) and the controversial cartoon (top)]

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin voiced his grievances about a cartoon which appeared in the Irish Times on Wednesday, during a Holy Thursday Mass in the Dublin’s Pro Cathedral yesterday morning.

It appeared in the paper a day after retired parish priest Fr Gearoid O Donnchu told Chris O’Donoghue on Newstalk that he will not break the seal of confession under any circumstance.

The cartoon – a comment on the Children First Bill which provides for the mandatory reporting of child abuse and the Catholic Church’s seal of the confessional – no longer appears on the Irish Times website.


Martyn Turner (Irish Times)

Previously: Too Toon?

Bless Me Father

Thanks Joan O’Connell

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A wise man once said something like ‘There is life on other planets, only not to see’.

It might have been Aidan Walsh. And how right he was.

It’s all down to the blinding glow of stars, which obliterates the ability of distant viewers to see the planets orbiting them.

In this TED talk, Princeton University astronomer Jeremy Kasdin explains a new  technology which may change all that: the Starshade – a flower petal-shaped screen that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away.



[Eamonn Morrissey and Stephen Brennan in Eat The Peach (top) where they played Longford brothers-in-law Connie Kiernan and Michael Donoghue (above with their Wall of Death.]

Rebecca Fitzptarick writes:

I’m currently working with an artist called Stephen Skrynka on an exhibition called A Matter of Life and Death inspired by the true story behind Eat the Peach, the 1986 Irish film about two unemployed brothers who build a wall of death in their back garden in longford. (Stephen is hoping to build his own Wall Of Death from scratch!)
The film is based on the true story of two brothers-in-law – Connie Kiernan and Michael Donoghue who were living in between Granard, Longford and Gubadorris in Leitrim.
In 1984 they built a wall of death in their back garden for fun after being inspired by an Elvis Presley film Roustabout (which is referenced in the film) while a visit to Funderland in Dublin gave them an insight to the dimensions and construction of a wall of death.
Their hope was to gain sponsorship and make it a touring attraction. The future writer and director, Peter Ormrod, had seen the huge, wooden tank just off the road when he was location scouting for RTE News and went to investigate. He then ended up doing a piece on RTE news on them, however no one ended up coming forward with sponsorship and gradually the wall deteriorated and became spread far and wide after a storm.
Inspired by their story , Ormrod went on to direct and co-write Eat The Peach, and it was pretty successful, particularly in America where Jonathan Demme sponsored the film and got it bookings.
We’re hoping to find Connie and Michael and we’re also looking to meet and talk to people who remember anything about the building of the first wall.
Also in an interesting twist, the writer/director of the project Peter Ormrod seems to have disappeared without a trace at the end since the 1980s and I’ve been unable to find anyone so far that can point me in his direction, so any help/suggestions in that area would be hugely appreciated! Also would love to get in contact with people involved in the film as well.