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Mullahoran, County Cavan

Fr PJ Hughes (top), parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, says Mass.

A Garda checkpoint stopped mass goers as they arrived at the church.

Fr Hughes said:

“A guard told me that I was putting the lives of elderly people at risk. It’s a sad day that three Garda cars are circling around this church. Have they nothing else to do? God help us.

“It is our faith that brings us here and they told me that I wasn’t reading the statistics and didn’t know what was going on. I told them I did not accept the negative message being poured out by RTÉ. It’s not fair.

“This is sectarianism. This is against our faith. It’s a sectarian act against our Catholic Church encouraged by the Government who don’t believe in God anymore.”


Outside Our Lady of Lourdes church yesterday morning

Via Westmeath Independent:

The vast majority of the persons who attended the Sunday Mass in Mullahoran this morning travelled from outside the county and the designated 5km.

Its understood that several attendees travelled from as far afield as Leitrim and Roscommon to be there.

A number of on the spot fines were issued to those in breach of current health regulations.

In a statement, An Garda Siochana confirmed that they were “aware” of a religious service taking place where they “engaged with those present”.

Garda statement after checkpoint outside local priest’s church (Westmeath Independent)

Gardaí set checkpoints near church as priest says Mass in breach of Covid rules (Irish Times)

Top pic: Lorraine Teevan


Ah now.


This morning.

Cloverhill, County Cavan.

Officers from the Garda Technical Bureau examining the scene after the bodies of a man and woman, both believed to be in their 40s, were found at a house in Cloverhill, close to Belturbet. Gardaí were called to the scene around 8pm yesterday evening. It is understood the couple, who are originally from Lithuania, had been living in the area for a number of years.

Man and woman found dead at Cavan house (RTÉ)

Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews

Clodagh Hawe’s sister Jacqueline Connolly, mother Mary Coll and their solicitor Liam Keane outside the inquest into the deaths of Clodagh, her three sons, and Alan Hawe 

This afternoon.

Further to deputy school principal Alan Hawe, 40, killing his 39-year-old teacher wife Clodagh and their three children Liam, 14, 11-year-old Niall and Ryan, six, before he took his own life at their Co Cavan home in August 2016.

A jury at the inquests into their deaths this afternoon returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of Clodagh and her sons; and a verdict of suicide in the case of Alan Hawe.

Further to this…

Liam Keane, a solicitor speaking on behalf of Clodagh’s family, said the following:

“On 29th August, 2016, we lost our daughter and sister Clodagh and her lovely sons Liam, Niall and Ryan in the most horrific circumstances.

“They were savagely and brutally killed by Alan Hawe in a premeditated and a calculated manner.

“We are aware that the inquest has a limited role in law, in that its function is restricted to establishing how, where and when are loved ones died.

“However, it is clear from the evidence presented at the inquest that Clodagh and her boys were killed in a sequence that ensured that the eldest and most likely to provide effective resistance were killed first and that they were executed in a manner which rendered them unable to cry out for help.

The inquest does not address why Alan Hawe committed this savagery but his counsellor has said that he was concerned about his position as a pillar of the community and we are aware that he was concerned at his imminent fall from that position and the breakdown of his marriage.

Whilst the psychiatrist has attempted, as best he could, to create a retrospective diagnosis based on notes and records, his GP, who knew him for five years,  said that he never displayed any signs of depression.”

Video via Stephanie Grogan

Alan Hawe had depressive symptoms for almost a decade, inquest told (Conor Lally, The Irish Times)

Previously: “Her Name Was Clodagh. She Mattered.”

The War At Home


Grenagh, Cork this morning.

Thanks Barry Higgins


Thurles, Co Tipperary earlier.

Thanks Tess Purcell


Cork at first light..

Thanks Aidan Mahon.


Dublin city and mountains this morning.

Thanks Dimbo

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Jenny McGovern tweetz:

Darren Lynch went for  wander in the snow and caught some magic (the Old Abbey, Cavan Town).

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