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Lucia and Jim O’Farrell, top, and their late son, Shane

Sunday will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Shane O’Farrell.

Shane was killed in a hit-and-run in Carrickmacross in Co. Monaghan by Zigimantus Gridziuska, from Lithuania, on August 2, 2011.

Gridziuska was on bail for several offences at the time and was on suspended sentences in the Republic and the North that should have been activated prior to August 2, 2011.

He was stopped by the Garda Drug Squad just an hour before the hit-and-run and was allowed to continue driving despite having no tax.

Family friend Catherine Costello writes:

Shane’s loving parents Lucia and Jim and his older sisters are in a very anguished state and please ask your readers  to pray for them on Sunday. Their pain makes me ashamed to be Irish aided and abetted by sheer incompetence.

Earlier this month Lucia travelled to the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Donegal to speak to the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald about her son’s death but only managed tell her: ‘I’m not going away, you know.’

Mrs O’Farrell has begun legal action against An Garda Síochána, the Minister for Justice, and the State over Shane’s death. She is also suing the Minister, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Garda Commissioner, along with Gridziuska.

Ms O’Farrell was among a delegation of families who travelled to the European Parliament in Brussels in May, in an effort to seek justice for their dead relatives. The delegation was accompanied by former Garda John Wilson and journalist Gemma O’Doherty.

Bail reform too late for victims of 10,600 crimes (Maeve Sheehan, Sunday Independent)

Previously: Delay, Deny, Lie Then And Cover-Up

Thanks Catherine Costelloe

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 “Why do you think The Breakfast Club resonates with not just your generation, but every generation of teens?

Molly Ringwald: It’s the universal feeling that we all are alone—that we’re all different. I think the movie’s one resounding theme is that everybody feels the same, and we’re all alone together.”

Peter O’Brien writes:

For its 30 year anniversary, Happenings pop up events are hosting an outdoor screening of The Breakfast Club (1985) at the Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines at 7.30pm tomorrow.

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What do you mean you weren’t there?

Our Oisín was there, and now that we’ve scraped his quivering body down off the ceiling with a yardbrush, he reports:

Underworld performing the album “Dubnobasswithmyheadman” live on  its 20th anniversary at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre on Saturday. Other tracks were played, resulting in it “kicking off”, as it were. Bonus copy of Razzle at 8.30.

(Pix/video: Oisín Kane & Peter Lynch)


Sinéad O’Connor by Thomas Ryan RHA. 1974.

Sinéad O’Connor writes:

Message For My Mother On the 29th Anniversary Of Her Death.
Hey Mother,
I miss you.. though I never had you.. I have had you since you were gone. I can’t have your picture on my walls or shelves.. I can’t look at your beautiful face.. Because it reminds me of what you did. But I miss you. I would have liked to take care of you as an adult.. show you some of the love perhaps that you, because of Ireland in my opinion,were unequipped to show.
I can’t bear what you did to and can’t forgive you on behalf of my siblings. But I can forgive you on my behalf.. Not that I am not decimated by what you did to me personally.. .. on many levels… But my spirit didn’t get got.. (Neither did my siblings’) and that’s lucky. And even as you were sitting on me… I could see your soul through the violence of your countenance and feel desperately sorry for it and would wish upon no one the torment it suffered while upon this earth.
I had mixed feeling when you died… mostly I was blasted apart.. brokenhearted.. Not only by the violence of your death in your car.. and the loss of you.. But the loss of the chance that anything would ever be OK.. fixed.. sorted.. acknowledged. Healed… We would never have the mother we never had…
We would never also get to take you to court.. Which would have been inevitable .. My brother Joseph said it best in I believe, in Magill Magazine.. or similar… that “If my mother had done to an adult what she did to us, she would be behind bars”.  Such were the 60s and 70s in Ireland.
But true the overriding loss to me all since you’ve been gone is that I didn’t get to be your daughter as an adult and buy you things with red roses on.. as you loved red roses so much. I see white thimbles in shops. with red roses.. or Cotton hankies such as you loved.. embroidered table cloths.. The Yeast Co in town.. as you loved to bake and were such a master chef.. I have to pretend I don’t see them… But inside my heart throbs despite my ability to make my eyes blind.. I can never buy these things for you… I can never make your life better. Continue reading

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Unearthed in a second hand record shop in Cork and uploaded direct from vinyl to the internets only today – feast your ears on this ‘song’ recorded to mark the 5th birthday of 2FM in 1984.

‘Gram Blaster Flash’ featuring the vocal stylings of Gerry Ryan, Dave Fanning, Peter Collins, Marty Whelan, Larry Gogan & BP Fallon.

Cover scans: Mek and Jeremy Murphy.

Ciaran Savage adds:

Found this (below) on a board in my childhood bedroom in De Blanch. Anyone know when Radio 2 became 2fm?

(Thanks Oisín)

The Sound Crowd Orchestra – arguably one of the best underground Irish dance music outfits of the early 90s – had their 20th Anniversary bash at a packed-out Button Factory on Saturday night.

On the decks: original members Tim ‘Mr Spring’ Hannigan (left) and Mark Kavanagh (right).

Sidebar: Tim used to refer to himself as “Mister Spring, the 303 King”, referring to that legendary workhorse of dance music, the Roland TB 303. Now you know.

But were you there?

(Pix: Oisín)

Last night, our Nat, who normally live-tweets the Late Late Show like a boss but is currently ‘off-Twitter’, found himself in a quandry. The following was found this morning, scrawled in purple ink on the back of a Weetabix box next to his unconscious, partially clothed body:

Man oh man. My first Friday night where I actually miss Twitter since it was the “Late Late 50th special”. Tubridy should get a payrise for sitting through what he did:

A prissy Gaybo (“Enough about me”, he blarts as Kenny and Tubridy start the show by recounting what a good job he did).

Twink (I don’t even want to think about her or her comments about zip-up-yer-mickey who played in tonight’s orchestra).

Dustin the Turkey and an incredibly badly-judged comment – describing Tubridy, Patrick Kielty, Pat Shortt and Twink as “Three men and a bike”.

An out-and-out pie-eyed Liam Neeson, who initially described an email from the Taoiseach as “snivelling” and departed with “Thanks Brian”.

Sinead O’Connor dressed as a priest in high heels, who sat down after an emotional “Nothing compares 2 u” and clasped hands with Gaybo for the rest of the interview.

Nell Jaysus McCafferty, who had to be placated with whiskey from Gaybo & guests and went on to slag Tubridy for being from the Twittery Text generation who wants to shorten the show and doesn’t believe in the ability of the good people of Ireland to sit doon and chat and by god how Tubridy didn’t reach for the guest-ejector-seat button is beyond me.

Pat Kenny was the most grounded individual of the evening.  So ner.

Surprising that some of the Annie Murphy clip was played at the start of the show but Gaybo got away without being pressed on it, the [highly colourful vitriolic rant redacted] toff-noodle (you won’t find that in his bio).

Needless to say, Drunk Mode was not enabled.

Missed it? Watch here.