Horse dismembered after colliding with vehicle on dark Mocha road

first_imgJust as he was warning his family of the dangers of animals on the roadways, a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man collided head on with a stallion along the pitch-dark access road into the Mocha Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara.Franky Morphine was travelling in his motorcar PNN 4631, enjoying the company of his two female cousins and their children, ages five and seven years old, when things took a turn for the worse.As he was nearing his destination, a horse strutted out from the bushes and into the path of the moving vehicle.Believing the long stretch of road to be completely desolate at 21:00h, Morphine was caught completely off guard and unable to swerve out of the way in time after he noticed the stray animal running onto the roadway.The horse crashed through the windshield of the car, decapitating the animal instantly.When Guyana Times reached on the scene, a small crowd had gathered to render assistance as Police ranks scribbled down details of what transpired in their notepads.Judging from the tyre marks which were burned out on the road, bystanders concluded that the driver was speeding.One resident told this newspaper that drivers typically use the road recklessly, driving as a fast rate.However, Morphine denied speeding and blamed the absence of functioning streetlights for the unfortunate accident.“I was cruising coming in. I does normally hold my lane but remember this is a lonely road so I end up taking the middle. So I was telling my cousin that you gotto be careful on this road because you does normally get stray horse and cows and them thing and as soon as I tell she duh, bap! He make a dash and come out from the corner and make a dash in front the car,” he related.Guyana Times understands that neither the driver of the vehicle nor the passengers were seriously hurt. However, the gruesome demise of the horse may have lasting impressions on the minds of the passengers.Just in April, Mocha residents heightened calls for streetlights to be installed along the dark roadway after a motorcyclist met his demise when he too collided with a horse along the same access road.Streetlights were subsequently installed however they are yet to be functional.last_img read more

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Police probe ‘serious assault’ ahead of Liverpool’s Roma clash

first_imgA statement read: “We are investigating a serious assault of a man outside the Albert pub on Walton Breck Rd at about 7.35pm.“Officers are appealing to anyone with information, or mobile phone footage to contact our social media desk via twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.”There were clashes between Liverpool and Roma supporters shortly before kick-off.Around 80 Roma fans are thought to have used a side road to reach an area populated by Liverpool supporters just outside their Anfield stadium.One man was seen motionless on the road and BBC Sport footage showed another fan carrying a hammer amid reports Roma supporters used belts as weapons.Sunday Times Football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft tweeted: “Roma fans have just attacked Liverpool supporters with belts, outside the Albert. One guy down getting treatment.“The Roma group came out of Venmore Street, and attack was sudden.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000One Roma supporter was pictured carrying a hammer on his way to the attack at Anfield. Photo/COURTSYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – Police are investigating “a serious assault” following reports a Liverpool fan was attacked ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.Merseyside Police posted a message on Tuesday evening, confirming an incident had taken place and appealing for video footage.last_img read more

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African players in Europe: Gervinho stars, Salah struggles

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah again struggled to find the net as Liverpool drew at Chelsea © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASPARIS, France, Oct 1 – Ivorian Gervinho caught the eye among the African stars in Europe for a second successive weekend as Egyptian Mohamed Salah struggled to replicate his form of last season.Former Arsenal winger Gervinho followed up an Italian Serie A wonder goal in the previous round by notching the winner for Parma against Empoli. Salah, the leading 2017/2018 English Premier League scorer with 32 goals, missed several chances for Liverpool before being substituted in a draw at Chelsea.EnglandALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)The Nigerian came off the bench in place of Aaron Ramsey, in the 64th minute and was soon making his presence felt as Arsenal scored twice late on to beat Watford 2-0.It was from his cross that Watford’s Craig Cathcart put the ball into his own net in the 81st minute.And two minutes later, Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette played a neat one-two that ended with Mesut Ozil bundling the ball home.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)He is not the first striker to falter while trying to back-up a brilliant season and the Egyptian’s struggles continued in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea that ended Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League campaign.Salah showed plenty of speed and purpose at Stamford Bridge, but missed several chances and was substituted in the 66th minute.IDRISSA GUEYE (Everton)The defensive midfielder from Senegal played his part in helping the Toffees keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at home to Fulham — Everton’s first league victory in six weeks.ItalyFRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ivorian midfielder Kessie played a key role as AC Milan bounced back from three consecutive stalemates with a 4-1 win which prevented Sassuolo moving second in Serie A.Kessie opened the scoring after 39 minutes when he went on a powerful sole run from inside his own half, splitting the Sassuolo defence with a low drive for his second league goal this season. It gave mid-table Milan just their second win of the season.GERVINHO (Parma)Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored his third goal in five games as Parma edged Empoli 1-0 in a showdown between promoted teams.Gervinho scored the only goal after 33 minutes from n Antonino Barilla ball, breaking through to beat Pietro Terracciano at the near post in the Empoli goal.The 31-year-old former Arsenal player was substituted as a precaution five minutes after the break with a muscular problem.GermanySALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivorian forward played a decisive role in his side’s shock 2-0 defeat of champions Bayern Munich.Hertha took the lead from a penalty after Kalou was brought down by Jerome Boateng, and the 33-year-old was later involved in the build-up to Hertha’s second goal.HAMZA MENDYL (Schalke)The Moroccan defender put in a crucial block to deny Jean-Philippe Mateta a stoppage-time equaliser for Mainz as Schalke held on to 1-0 lead to pick up a much needed first win of the season.FranceNicolas Pepe converted a penalty for Lille to score his fifth goal of the season © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENNICOLAS PEPE (Lille)The 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger was a handful for a flat-footed Marseille defence in his team’s 3-0 win as Lille moved into second place in Ligue 1.France-born Pepe opened the scoring in the 65th minute when he scored a penalty having been brought down by goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Pepe now has five league goals this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool star faces ANOTHER setback after suffering hamstring injury

first_img1 Daniel Sturridge Injury-plagued Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered another setback after being ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring problem.The 26-year-old has only just returned from a knee injury which delayed his availability for manager Jurgen Klopp, who took over at Anfield in October.Sturridge has made just three appearances for the German and the last of those, as a 62nd-minute substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday, caused another injury.It is understood Sturridge had a scan on Tuesday after complaining of an issue with his hamstring at St James’ Park.The result of that scan has revealed a strain and as a result the striker will be sidelined for weeks rather than months.Only last month Klopp said Sturridge had to understand the difference between “pain and real pain” as he prepared to make his comeback.This latest setback could see the Sturridge miss the busy festive period and leave Klopp with Christian Benteke and Divock Origi as his strike options, as Danny Ings is likely to miss the entire season with a knee ligament injury.Sturridge missed most of the previous campaign with thigh and calf injuries which ultimately led to a hip operation in May in an attempt to clear up long-standing problems but sidelined him for four months.last_img read more

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Revealed! The most entertaining stadia in the PL this season for goals scored

first_img 17 4. Southampton – 61 goals at St Mary’s – Only one side scored more at home than the Saints’ 39 goals, but they conceded 22 as well. 6. Bournemouth – 57 goals at the Vitality Stadium – The Cherries enjoyed a fantastic season but conceded far more goals (34) than they scored (23) at home. 15. Sunderland – 43 goals at the Stadium of Light – Sunderland managed to outscore their opponents at home, netting 23 times and conceding 20 times. 17 =17. Arsenal and Crystal Palace – 42 goals at the Emirates and Selhurst Park respectively – The Gunners are low on the list but it is down to their fantastic defensive record as they conceded only 11 times, while managing to score 31 goals of their own. Palace, though, saw more goals conceded (23) than scored (19). 12. Aston Villa – 49 goals at Villa Park – Villa conceded more (35) and scored less (14) than any other team at home. 17 11. Tottenham – 50 goals at White Hart Lane – White Hart Lane would be higher if not for Spurs’ good defensive record which saw them concede 15 goals while scoring 35. 17 17 17 19. Watford – 39 goals at Vicarage Road – The Hornets have scored 20 goals but conceded 19 1. Manchester City – 68 goals at the Etihad Stadium – In stark contrast to their neighbours, City scored a league-high 47 goals at home but also conceded 21. 17 The Premier League season has thrown up many twists and turns on the way to Leicester City eventually being crowned champions and Aston Villa, Norwich and Newcastle being condemned to the Championship.Many fans have called it the most exciting season ever (unless you’re a Manchester United fan), even down to the last day where Tottenham threw away second place to rivals Arsenal.But which Premier League grounds were the most exciting to watch a match, and which were more likely to send you to sleep rather than jumping up and down?talkSPORT have compiled a table based on the number of goals scored by both the home side and the visitors at every stadium in the league.Click the arrow above, right, to see where the most (and least) entertaining grounds were this season! 17 17 10. Leicester – 53 goals at the King Power Stadium – Finally a table where the Foxes aren’t top as they scored 35 times and conceded 18. 17 17 17 17 17 18. Swansea City – 40 goals at the Liberty Stadium – The Swans have scored as many as they have conceded at home – 20 goals each 17 9. Liverpool – 55 goals at Anfield – The Reds scored 33 goals and let in 22. 20. Manchester United – Old Trafford has seen only 36 goals this season (click the arrow, right, to see the most entertaining Premier League stadia) – Anyone surprised? Red Devils fans have seen their side score a measly 27 but concede a league-best nine goals =14. West Brom and Stoke City – 46 goals at the Hawthorns and Britannia respectively – The Baggies’ record looked like this: 20 goals for and 26 against, while Stoke’s was 22 for and 24 against. =8. Newcastle United and Norwich – 56 goals at St James’ Park and Carrow Road respectively – Relegated Newcastle scored 32 times and conceded 24 while the Canaries will join them in the Championship after scoring 26 and conceding 30. 3. Chelsea – 62 goals at Stamford Bridge – Usually tight at home but this season saw Chelsea concede 30 goals and score 32 times at home. 5. West Ham – 60 goals at the Boleyn Ground – In their final season at Upton Park, the Hammers saw 34 goals scored for their side and 26 against. 2. Everton – 65 goals at Goodison Park – A disappointing season for the Toffees but an entertaining one nonetheless as they scored 35 and conceded 30 at home. 17 17last_img read more

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TEN NEW JOBS FOR LETTERKENNY AS HIGHLAND MOTORS ADD HONDA AND CITREON FRANCHISES

first_imgLetterkenny has at last got good news on the job front with the announcement today that the Highland Motor Group is expanding its operations with the addition of Honda and Citroën franchises to Donegal and the North West.The Highland Motor Group hope to create up to 10 full time jobs over the next 2 years and also give the local construction industry a much needed boost with up to 30-50 jobs in the redevelopment of the premises situated at the Mountain Top.Honda and Citroën have a long history of success in the Northwest and are delighted to be in partnership with the Highland Motor Group. Commenting on the return of Honda to Donegal, Adrian Cole, Managing Director of Universal Honda said: “We have always had great success and strong dealer representation for the Honda brand in Donegal.“We look forward to returning to Letterkenny and establishing a new relationship with the Highland Motor Group at a time when we are entering an exciting growth period for Honda albeit it in a very challenging trading environment.”Managing Director of Citroën Motors Ireland Ltd, Frédéric Soulier added “Citroën have always enjoyed loyalty from our North West customers and are delighted to be returning to Letterkenny where our new and exciting range of cars, including the premium DS Line, and wide range of commercials will be on display for all to see.“We take this opportunity to wish our new partner Lawerence and the team every success with the Citroën brand which has enjoyed strong sales growth nationwide and we are confident that the Highland Motor Group will continue the Citroën success story in the North West.” Lawrence Harrigan of the Highland Motor Group said: “We are delighted to secure the prestigious Honda and Citroën franchises for Donegal and look forward to bringing them back to Letterkenny where they enjoy a great following.“Both of these car brands along with our established Renault franchise have reputations as manufacturers of daring designs and advanced technologies which have enabled them to produce engines with class leading CO2 emissions, and capabilities of achieving up to 88mpg.”“With the Honda, Citroën and Renault brands the Highland Motor Group are now able to offer customers a fantastic range of cars and commercials, in a range of different trim levels, with low CO2 emissions and giving excellent value for money for all the needs and demands of the Donegal motoring public.“We will continue to operate our Renault franchise from the existing premises at the Mountain Top and the Honda and Citroën Sales outlet will be situated at the Mulroy Business Park, Canal Road, Letterkenny.”The new Honda and Citroen showrooms will open today – Saturday December 8th. TEN NEW JOBS FOR LETTERKENNY AS HIGHLAND MOTORS ADD HONDA AND CITREON FRANCHISES was last modified: December 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TEN NEW JOBS FOR LETTERKENNY AS HIGHLAND MOTORS ADD HONDA AND CITREON FRANCHISESlast_img read more

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Tropical storm watch declared in Bermuda

first_imgMIAMI – A subtropical depression formed Saturday in the open Atlantic, prompting Bermuda to issue a tropical storm watch. The system could strengthen into Tropical Storm Vince later in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Vince would be the 20th named storm in one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. At 5 p.m. EDT, the depression’s center was about 325 miles southeast of Bermuda. It was moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph. The storm had top sustained winds of about 35 mph and was expected to strengthen even if it did not become a tropical storm, forecasters said. Long-term forecasts showed the system either reaching the United States mainland in about five days, or curving farther out to sea after passing Bermuda. But hurricane specialist Jack Beven said it appears the system might not survive if it gets closer to the U.S. because of other weather in the area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s really too early to say just how much of a threat this will pose to the U.S. But right now, it’s not too great of a threat,” he said. The depression’s strongest winds are far from its center, but if they start closing in on its core it could strengthen into a storm, said Robbie Berg, a hurricane center meteorologist. The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The current one is tied for the second-busiest since record keeping began in 1851. The record is 21 tropical storms and hurricanes in 1933. After Vince, only one name is left for storms this season – Wilma. After that, storms are named after letters in the Greek alphabet. That has never happened before in more than 50 years of regularly naming storms. last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Police identified a 52-year-old man found dead in his home Tuesday morning as Richard Alan Sehnert. Sehnert was found with multiple stab wounds, said Cpl. Rudy Lopez, public information officer for the West Covina Police Department. Officers responded to a call at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, after the man’s mother found him dead in his home in the 3600 block of Morganfield Avenue, where Sehnert lived alone, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Covina Police Department at (626) 939-8557. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Police Department’s hotline at (626) 939-8688. Odor forces evacuation of home LA MIRADA – About 185 people were evacuated briefly from a retirement home Wednesday after the odor of natural gas was reported on the first floor of the three- story building. No injuries were reported. The incident began about 8:45 a.m. at The Palms Retirement Community in the 13000 block of La Mirada Boulevard, said county fire Inspector John Mancha. The building was deemed safe to re-enter within an hour, Mancha said. The source of the odor was not immediately known. Officials return from Kentucky trip WHITTIER – Two Whittier officials of the Assistance League of Whittier attended the league’s annual convention recently in Kentucky. Assistance League of Whittier President Carolyn McFarland and Vice President Marjorie Williams represented the area at the convention. Center spotlights Hawaiian culture WHITTIER – The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College continues its Aloha Series with the duo HAPA at 3 p.m and 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at 13406 Philadelphia St. Admission is $35. For more information, call (562) 907-4901, or visit www.shannoncenter.org. Armed robbery suspect sought SANTA FE SPRINGS – An armed robber took about $400 in cash from Johnny’s Shrimp Boat restaurant on Washington Boulevard at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, said Whittier police Sgt. Kent Miller. Police were searching for the suspect, described as a male in his 20s with a shaved head. He appeared to be 5feet 6 inches tall and about 160 pounds. He was armed with a silver handgun, Miller said. Children’s author Frazee at library SANTA FE SPRINGS – First Friday at Santa Fe Springs Library, 11700 Telegraph Road, will feature children’s author and illustrator Marla Frazee, who will sign copies of her book, “Santa Claus: The World’s Number One Toy Expert,” and her other works at 7 p.m. Friday. Children who attend the event will receive a free copy of a Frazee book. Admission and refreshments are free. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. Wahl Center grand reopening Monday WHITTIER – The grand reopening of the Christopher Wahl Youth Center will be at 5 p.m. Monday at the center’s new address, 12401 Slauson Ave. Refreshments will be provided at the event. For more information, call (562) 698-3850. Young musicians invited to compete WHITTIER – Applications are being accepted for the 38th annual Young Artists Competition at Whittier College on Feb. 5. Vocalists 30 and younger and string players 26 and younger can apply before Jan. 12 to participate in the competition, which will distribute cash prizes of $1,500 to winners. Winners will also participate in the Rio Hondo Symphony orchestra’s “Festival Finale” concert on May 7. The runner-up in each category will receive $500. The first 25 eligible musicians will be chosen. Submit applications with a $35 fee and self-addressed stamped envelope no later than Jan. 12. For information, call (562) 631-5262, or (406) 563-3036. From staff reportslast_img read more

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NCS recorgnises American Football, two other Sports

first_img Tags: American FootballClimbing Sport AssociationKabadiNCS NCS’s Katende posses with the new association presidents McBond (left), Okeng (center) and Kato (right) at NCS on Thursday (photo by Shaban Lubega)LUGOGO – The National Council of Sports (NCS) recorgnised three more sports associations, according them with certificates.The newly admitted sports associations include American football, climbing sport and Kabaddi.These were officially handed their certificates at the headquarters of the National Council of Sports found in Lugogo, Kampala on Thursday morning.Assistant general secretary at NCS, David Ssemakula Katende graced the brief ceremony, urging the new member associations to comply with the rules and help grow the sports in the country.“I would like to congratulate our new members upon reaching the milestone, said Katende.“However, this is just the beginning and i urge them to continue complying with the rules as they grow their respective sports.Flanked by the head of legal and compliance, Shaddy Nakamanya, Katende also urged the newly founded associations to get to business immediately.“This certificate is just the beginning of the journey. It is not an individual certificate, it belongs to the whole association and use it well. Please make use of this mandate you have been granted. We now have 48 national recognized associations in the country.What they said after receiving their cirtificates:Richard Assimwe McBond – Climbing Sport President.“We are privileged to have this certificate.“The climbing sport has been existing since 2016. Uganda is the few African countries where the sport is. The other countries are; South Africa, Rwanda, Morocco, Algeria and Namibia.“The climbing sport takes two versions; indoor on the walls and outdoor in the stones. Our head offices are found at the Back Packers in Mengo, Kampala.Jacob Kato – Kabaddi Association President. “The Kabaddi sport is interesting and many Ugandans will love the sport.“It is an out-door sport where there are 6 players and one tackler playing on a carpet in an area of 10 X 6 metres.“The Kabaddi sport has been played in Uganda since 2017. It has a combination of other disciplines.“Getting the certificate is a big milestone towards the legality of the sport operations. Our head offices are in Mulago, Kampala.Steven George Okeng-American football President.American Football President Ocheng receives his certificate on Thursday (photo by Shaban Lubega)“Getting a certificate is a big step forward towards the growth of Uganda American Football Association.“We now expect more support from the National Council of Sports. We have started this sport in many secondary schools, international schools and universities as a strategy of tapping talent from the grassroots.“In April 2019, we expect an experienced National Football League (NFL) player, Mathias Kiwanuka (former New York Giants player) to visit Uganda and share skills as well as his experiences as an American football player.“Our headquarters are located along Mawanda Road, Kamwokya in Kampala with a training ground at Kabanyolo, in Gayaza.Some of the International schools already enrolled for America football include Galaxy International, Rainbow and Acorns. The universities on board are; Gulu, Kyambogo and Lira will advanced talks to bring Makerere University in ripe stages.By and large, Uganda now has 48 sports associations and federations all mandated by the National Council of Sports (NCS), the Government supreme body to supervise, run and ensure the smooth transition of sports in the country.Comments last_img read more

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Victims of ‘evil’ priest demand second abuser leave Donegal parish

first_imgA TG4 documentary will be revisiting the historic paedophile scandals in the Diocese of Raphoe next week.Ahead of the documentary air date on 30th October, Martin Gallagher, who was abused by the late Fr. Eugene Greene has made an impassioned call for a convicted abuser in Gortahork to leave the parish and allow the victims to grieve in peace.by John McAteer Gallagher told the Tirconaill Tribune that the presence of the abuser reopens the hurt and trauma visited on the victims every single time they see him and until he leaves the parish they cannot come to terms with the hurt and suffering visited on them in the West Donegal Gaeltacht.At the same time retired Garda Martin Ridge and victims of abuse in the Diocese have called for a forensic cold case investigation to be undertaken as a matter of urgency to get to the real truth of the facts that saw so many young men abused by Greene and others over many years.Former detective Martin RidgeThe new documentary embraces the era of three bishops and examines how so many incidents went without being investigated.The harrowing reliving of the scandals are part of a sixty minutes TG4 documentary ‘Finné’ and will be screened next Wednesday night at 9.30pm. The producer, Darach Mac Con Iomaire and his team spent lengthy periods in West Donegal in June as they researched the child sex abuse cases in the Diocese.Martin Gallagher and Martin Ridge are central to the production as they recount on different levels, how the abuses were carried out and covered up and what prompted the Garda investigation that eventually led to two paedophiles being convicted on numerous sex abuse charges.Martin Gallagher, victim of Eugene GreeneMr. Ridge said the cover-up and denials continue to part of the pain of every day life for the victims and he believes that many abusers have not had the confidence to come forward.“That is why I believe that this diocese needs a ‘cold case’ investigation because that is the only thing that might bring some degree of comfort and healing for the victims.“These young boys were not only abused in the most horrendous way but they’ve had their lives stolen from them and I fear the Church continues to be in denial of the crimes committed in this country. “What happened here in Donegal has not been fully uncovered because the supremacy of the Church overcame all else and that is now their challenge to resolve in the name of justice. Until the Bishops confront these facts, there will be no justice for the victims,” he said.The programme by TG4 is the 5th instalment of the documentary series and examines in depth the career of Father Eugene Greene, believed to be one of the most notorious paedophiles to have operated in the Raphoe Diocese and that of Denis McGinley who had taught for many years at Derryconnor national school.Fr Eugene Greene“I will never forget Fr. Greene”In a frank interview with the Tribune, Martin Gallagher said: “Fr. Greene raped me when I was a child of twelve and it continued for a whole year. But if the church had dealt with him, I would not have been abused and the same applies to many others. I can never forgive him for his behaviour. What he did could not have gone without notice by his superiors and it is my view that is why he was moved from parish to parish… to continue his evil deeds.“It was like a virus and these priests were being moved around to spread that virus. If those bishops involved claim they knew nothing about the rape of so many young boys, surely these men should never have been put in charge of this diocese. “The church had such power over the people, they tried to convince the abused that they were responsible for the crimes and that has not been addressed in any way at all.“My life and that of many others has been destroyed. Eight young men are buried in Gortahork graveyard and I’m sure there are others who’ve taken their lives because their plight was ignored by the Catholic authorities.“I no longer have any trust in the Catholic Church but I have my own faith and belief in God. I believe that Martin Ridge and his investigation stopped me from committing suicide and I owe him everything.“But as long as we have an abuser in our midst my mind cannot rest a peace, and I know others, who feel likewise. I am calling on that man to leave this parish because he is daily reminder to all of us of the extent of child abuse in this part of Donegal.“I have strong family links to keep me going and without their support I could not survive.”“Come forward in the name of God”He continued: “I am calling again on those members of the clergy who might have information about what happened to come forward and reveal to the Gardai their suspicions. That might give some comfort to the victims. The abusers must be named and shamed because that is part of the victims healing process.“And there is good reason to believe that what has come out in the courts is only the tip of the iceberg. Not for one moment do I think these rapists have gone away… they’ll still be about long after we are dead and buried.“I beg those with any shred of information to pick up the phone right now and have the common decent and respect for the victim. The instinct of those of us who were abused is that there is information out there hidden away in the denial of reality by members of the clergy.“I feel the Church has corrupted themselves and cannot be forgiven until the real truth comes out. I owe those f**kers nothing but I want them to have the courage of their convictions and to put the trauma of the abused as the central part of their ministry,” he added.Ridge recounts downfall of Fr. GreeneThe programme revisits so many of Donegal’s most famed landscapes and Martin Ridge takes the production team down those lonely isolated roads where he believes many of the abuses took place.Ridge recalls on camera that when one of his victims attempted to blackmail him, Greene felt confident enough to call Gardaí to lodge a complaint.He says: “It was to be his own arrogance which led to his downfall and a 12-year prison sentence — not the Catholic Church. He believed he could report the blackmail and get away with it.”But he hadn’t counted on a thorough investigation by local detectives who spent months interviewing dozens of victims and collating their horror in statement after statement.Greene went to Gardaí on December 20, 1997, to make his blackmail allegations. Two years later he faced a series of sample charges relating to the buggery, gross indecency and indecent assault of 26 young boys. He pleaded guilty to 40. The only evidence against Greene was that of his many victims.Not a shred of paper existed on allegationsMany members of the flock reacted with absolute shock and disbelief when it was revealed that not a single piece of paper existed in Raphoe Diocese records on allegations going back three decades even though complaints had been made against him by parents on several occasions.Greene would groom his victims, many just eight years old, by offering them drink and cigarettes and teaching them to drive a car.He would take some of them out to collect turf and allow them to drive his car on the return journey back to the parochial house.One victim would tell Gardaí later: “It was worse than hell. I felt so alone. I had nobody to turn to. I did want to tell my own dad but I said to myself if I told them they would say ‘No’.”Fr. Greene was sentenced to 12 years in prison in May 2000 and was released after serving 9 years. after he pleaded guilty at Donegal Circuit Court to 40 sample charges of indecent assault, buggery and gross indecency out of a total of 108 charges.There were 26 victims most of them altar boys who served Mass with Fr Eugene Greene in County Donegal between 1965 and 1982.€50,000 raised for GreeneThere was uproar from victims when it emerged that former parishioners had collected €50,000 for Greene. Voices of the Faithful, a support group, said the scale of donations to Greene indicated a “most serious state of denial of the most horrific crimes in Donegal”.In his book ‘Breaking the Silence’ Martin Ridge details investigations into three paedophiles. It outlines his investigation into the abuse crimes of Fr Eugene Greene, schoolteacher Denis McGinley and an unnamed third man against boys in various parishes in west Donegal.If any place illustrates the depth and depravity of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and why the community is so angry about it – it is this unlikely corner of the country, where among rolling hills of wild heather, castles and fishing villages, predatory priests terrorised children with impunity for decades.Ridge recalled in his book how he opened up a can of worms. “Fighting the IRA was a “conflict you could see with your eyes. This one, you couldn’t. It’s worse than the IRA, because it’s like putting a bomb into a child’s mind.”His superiors were so reluctant to take on sexual abuse cases that Ridge turned a room in his home into an office and bought himself a computer. “They washed their hands of it,” he said. The victims, he added, “were dismissed as if they didn’t matter. The power of the clergy was so strong.”Breaking the SilenceBy the time Father Greene was arrested, Mr. Ridge said, at least 45 men had come forward with abuse accusations.According to ‘Breaking the Silence’ co-written by Mr. Ridge, victims described how they were forcibly stripped, held down and repeatedly raped so violently that they bled for days afterwards.Many victims, groomed to such an extent that they believed sexual abuse was part of growing up, developed drinking problems and other addictions. Donegal is riddled with landmarks of abuse, each telling its own tragedy. ‘Finné’ revisits the child sex abuse issues in the Raphoe Diocese next week and victims hope the programme shines a light on the need for a more detailed forensic investigation that might unravel the web of mystery that surrounds the failure to deal comprehensively with the failures of the Church in this Diocese.Martin Gallagher adds his own footprint to that hope:“Maybe there is a God up there who is saying to the clergy that it is time to end the misery of the abused youngsters in Donegal.”Victims of ‘evil’ priest demand second abuser leave Donegal parish was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:EUGENE GREENEMartin GallagherMartin Ridgelast_img read more

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