Posts Tagged ‘ Donal Walsh ’

IFTA Reveals Shortlist Of Nominees


The Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in 40 strongly contested categories for the 11th annual Irish Film and Television Awards, which takes place on Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree at Hilton Burlington Road and broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE (reaching 1.24 Million viewers last year).

Nominations are announced in categories across film and television, celebrating the highest standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.  IFTA received 311 titles submitted for consideration in the 2013 Awards. Continue reading

Thousands Of Inquiries As Officers Chase Cop Killer


Officers on both sides of the border are pursuing more than 3,600 lines of inquiry as they hunt down the killers of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

The 41 year old officer was shot dead in January as he escorted the collection of cash from a credit union outside Dundalk, Co Louth. Continue reading

Europe Comes To Dublin (Don’t Worry, It Isn’t Angela) – Heineken/Amlin Finals Preview


©darkmavis. The Aviva plays host to Toulon and Clermont this Saturday

This is my third time attempting to get this piece published. The reason for this series of delays? Well quite simply it’s been a bloody busy week for Irish rugby! From the retirement of Doug Howlett, the tragic passing of Donal Walsh, the contract renewal of a certain Brian O’Driscoll and of course the arrival of the Amlin and Heineken Cup finals to Dublin this weekend. We will address all of the former in a minute but first let’s have a look at how these two games are shaping up.

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Senator Calls for Tax on Smartphones


Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone has called on the Irish government to implement a new tax on smartphones, one which would apparently function as an additional levy alongside VAT.

“The issue of suicide and suicide prevention is again under the spotlight in recent days, thanks in no small part to the inspirational message of Kerry teenager Donal Walsh,” she said as reported in “While government funding for suicide prevention has actually increased this year, I think we need to be looking at new ways in which to fund suicide prevention measures. Placing a small levy on the sale of smartphones could be a very simple way to generate extra revenues for this crucial area.”

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Inspirational Teenager Donal Walsh Passes Away

Inspirational teenager Donal Walsh (16) has passed away after a brave four year battle with cancer.

Donal,a terminally ill teenager, rose to prominence after an interview on RTE’s The Saturday Night Show in which he publicly appealed to young people not to end their lives.

Walsh had been battling cancer since he was first diagnosed four years ago and passes away peacefully at his home in Blennerville,County Kerry.

Having twice overcome cancer, Donal was diagnosed again in the latter part of last year with what had now become a terminal illness. Since he was informed of the diagnosis he spent the rest of his days travelling with friends and family and attempting to ensure young people enjoyed their lives. He had raised over €50,000 for charity.

Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland Fr Francis Nolan of St John’s Parish in Tralee described the teenager as an “inspiration” to people in Tralee and beyond.

Weeks before his death, Donal recorded a video message to be circulated in schools, Fr Nolan said the anti-suicide message had already had an impact on many.

“So many letters have come to the family about people who have actually been helped by Donal already to embrace the gift of life.

“Young people who may have been contemplating suicide, you know they’ve actually thought again,” he said.

Fr Nolan said Donal managed to stay positive throughout his four-year battle with cancer.

“Donal has been an inspiration here in Tralee, and the way he has embraced his illness with such acceptance, and never once shown any bitterness or resentment about being ill.”

Tributes have poured in from all around the globe with many top sports stars including New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter revealing his sadness at the death of Donal, who he had spoken to just weeks earlier.

The All Blacks fly half tweeted “Sad to hear the news of young @Donal_Walsh #RIP #Inspiration thoughts go out to his family & friends”.

Over 77,000 have liked a Facebook tribute page that was set up early yesterday afternoon, showing the impact his efforts had on many people throughout Ireland.

Donal’s funeral will take place at noon on Wednesday at St John’s Church in Tralee.

His family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Palliative Care Unit, Kerry General Hospital and Care 4 Kids, care of the Gleasure Funeral Home.