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Dwyer Handed Life Sentence For O’Hara Murder

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Graham Dwyer has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Elaine O’Hara, who was found dead at Kilakee Mountain in Dublin on 22 August 2012.

Delivering the sentence, Mr Justice Hunt told a packed courtroom he was thankful that 42 year old Dubliner Dwyer is no longer a threat to society.

Mr Dwyer, 42, has been in custody since his arrest in October 2013, as Gardaí believed he could kill again, having found various hidden secrets including a Buck Special Hunting Knife that Dwyer had hid at work.

The judge revealed Dwyer expressed no remorse of any kind for this premeditated murder of a woman too weak to resist.  He added Ms O’Hara was abused by father of two Dwyer from the time they first met until today’s verdict was reached.

He said Dwyer had no regard for Ms O’Hara as a human being except for what he could get from her – the satisfaction of the perverse desires for which he maintained their stop start relationship.

Following the verdict, prosecuting counsel Sean Guerin read a victim impact statement to the Central Criminal Court on behalf of Elaine O’Hara’s father Frank.

Victim impact statement:

Words cannot adequately describe how we are feeling and we would never want any other family to go through what we have endured over the past two and a half years.

We have lost a daughter, a sister, a friend in the most brutal, traumatic and horrifying manner.

We also have many unanswered questions which we will have to carry with us for the rest of our lives.

Elaine was a very intelligent girl who never fully realised her potential due to her psychological difficulties.

She was prescribed a lot of medication and this did have an impact on her ability to be a regular teenager, particularly socially.

She was emotionally immature and very trusting of anyone who showed her kindness. In later years her medication was reduced, hospital stays became less common and she functioned more effectively.

However, she had missed out on those important, formative, teenage years.

She had a strong work ethic and loved working with children as she could relate to them better than to adults.

She was always there to help and assist others, giving lifts, covering shifts or collecting items for the Christmas fair.

She adored her niece who was also her god daughter.  She loved reading, painting and playing with her. For months after her disappearance, her goddaughter pointed out cars like Elaine’s and said there’s Elaine’s car.

We smiled and nodded. How could we explain something to a young child that we couldn’t understand ourselves. Since her death, she has had two more nieces who will never know their aunt.

Elaine’s ambition was to be a teacher and she was studying Montessori. In 2014, we collected a BA in montessori education which was awarded to her in St Nicholas Montessori School.

She would have been so happy and proud to stand up in her gown and hat to accept her degree herself after overcoming many obstacles to finally get the qualifications she longed for, but unfortunately, this was not to be.

When Elaine went missing in August 2012, we were devastated.

At that time she appeared to be progressing very well in life.  She had a new apartment, was studying and working in two jobs.

She had a setback in July 2012, and was voluntarily admitted to hospital. However, on weekend release, she was in very good form and was looking forward to the future.

The assumed suicide in August 2012 was a surprise to all the family, but lack of evidence pointing to any other cause for her disappearance meant we reluctantly needed to accept that she had most likely taken her own life in or around Shanganagh.

We spent many hours walking the shore from Blackrock to Bray searching for any sign of her.

A year after her disappearance we laid flowers in the sea at Shanganagh in her memory and in an effort to find some closure for us as a family

Our attempt at closure was premature as when in September 2013, Elaine’s remains were discovered, the Garda investigation changed from that of a missing person to murder.

There was further anguish for the family as we now faced the unimaginable horror of Elaine having been murdered.

This trial has been an incredibly difficult experience.

It was distressing to see Elaine’s private life laid bare before the nation, despite the fact that she was the victim.

Some of the reporting in the print media was insulting to Elaine and deeply upsetting for the family.

At times, Elaine’s life was relegated to a lurid headline in a newspaper.

It was heartbreaking for us to listen to the texts Elaine received from a depraved and diseased mind.

The manipulation of her vulnerability was apparent and when she tried to resist, she was reined back in. We can hear her voice in the texts, just wanting to be loved.

Hearing of the contents of videos will haunt us forever.

We were upset that the credibility of our evidence was questioned as throughout the two and a half years, all we wanted was the truth and justice for Elaine.

We will probably never know what happened in Kilakee on 22 August 2012, but there are questions that trouble us.

When did Elaine realise that it was not a game any more?

When did she realise that the intention was to kill her for real?

Did she try to run away?

Was she restrained?

Did she suffer much?

Could she and did she cry out?

Was she left on the mountain to die alone?

This is our life sentence, for us there is no parole.

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Dundalk Look For Five From Five

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Dundalk –v- Sligo Rovers    7:35

Champions Dundalk host Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park.

It has been the perfect start to Dundalk’s title defence. Four games, four wins eight goals scored and none conceded, the most recent of which came in a 3-0 win over Bohemians on Tuesday. Stephen Kenny and his side will be fully focused on keeping up their form and the momentum that comes with it.

Unlike their opponents, Sligo Rovers will not be happy to their start of the season at all. Currently without a win, their most recent result coming in the form of a 2-1 defeat against Shamrock Rovers, Sligo will be determined to get three points here. It is an unlikely task against an in form championship winning side, but stranger results have happened.

Prediction: Home win

Derry City –v- Drogheda United    7:45

Derry City face Drogheda United at the Brandywell Stadium.

Derry City are another side who entered this season with high expectations and have thus far failed to meet them. With only one win so far the candystripes will be more determined than ever to turn their season around. They will feel confident that with the home field advantage that they have enough to get all three points.

In contrast to their opponents, Drogheda United will feel very pleased with their start to the season. Two wins and a draw has been a very good start for a side who has struggled in recent seasons. They will enter this feeling confident that will at the very least avoid defeat, but a will could be the catalyst for their strongest season in years.

Prediction: Draw

Galway United –v- Longford Town    7:45

Two sides recently promoted face off here at Deacy Park.

With only one win and three defeats, Galway will be slightly disappointed with their start to the season. Under no illusions that their campaign in the premier division would be extremely tough, Galway would have hoped for a better start. They have a big opportunity here to double their points tally and Tommy Dunne and his side will be determined to take it.

Longford have had a slightly better start then their opponents. A win and a draw will be pleasing to manager Tony Cousins especially given their opening two games were against Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. With four points in their last two games however, Longford will be determined to gain some more points and momentum which will hopefully lead to a relegation free season.

Prediction: Home win

Shamrock Rovers –v- Bohemian FC    8:00

A Dublin derby here, as Shamrock Rovers host Bohemians at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Sean O’Connor and Michael Drennan gave Shamrock Rovers an impressive 2-1 away win over Sligo on Tuesday. That result continues the Tallaght side’s impressive start to the season. Pat Fenlon and his players will know there is a long way to go, but will be optimistic of their chances of a real title challenge this year.

Bohemian’s great start to the season took on a hit on Tuesday thanks to a 3-0 defeat against Dundalk. Keith Long and his players will look to bounce back immediately with a win here. They face a tough task, but these are they games that need to be won if you want to mount a serious title challenge.

Prediction: Home win

Bray Wanderers –v- Cork City    5:45

Cork City travel to the Carlisle Grounds to play Bray Wanderers.

Four games, four defeats, no goals scored and seven conceded. It has been the worst possible start to the season for Bray Wanderers. The Wicklow side need points on the board and fast, but face a tough task against free scoring opponents with a strong defence. Alan Matthews and his side need to produce something special, whether they can or not is something else.

Goals from Karl Sheppard and Alan Bennett gave Cork City a 2-0 away win over Galway on Tuesday. That result keeps them in touching distance of the top two and still well in contention for a title challenge. After a slow start Cork have found the form that aided them so well last season. Can they keep it up? Time will tell.

Prediction: Away win

Limerick –v- St Patrick’s Athletic    6:30

Limerick play host to St Patrick’s Athletic at Thomond Park.

After a truly disastrous start, Limerick have rebounded slightly with tow draws in a week against Longford and Drogheda United. These results have put some precious points on the board. Limerick will look to capitalise on their opponent’s inconsistent form and hopefully land a win that could turn their season around.

It has been an inconsistent start to the season for St Patrick’s Athletic. Two wins and two defeats has thus far prevented any momentum being built and has hindered their title challenge. But a 2-1 against Sligo on Tuesday followed by a win here could be start of them pushing the teams above them. If not their hot and cold form may just continue.

Prediction: Away win

Six Nations 2015 – Heaslip Returns For Welsh Showdown

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Freak. There’s no other word to describe Jamie Heaslip in relation to his healing abilities. We won’t complain, but many others would be out of their desk job for six months but here he is, the sole change from the team that beat England two weeks ago, ready to take the field in the Cardiff cauldron. Schmidt has made only enforced changes this Six Nations when you might think variety and choice are crucial in winning a championship – conservatism or wisdom? Continue reading

Man Detained Following Attempted Abduction In Laois

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A man has been arrested in Kilkenny following a nationwide alert in connection with the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Co Laois.

Gardaí had been searching for him after reports that he put a girl into a vehicle in Cullahill, Co Laois yesterday.

An alert was issued following a series of incidents in the midlands involving a man believed to be driving a stolen silver Nissan X-Trail 4×4, which Gardaì have since recovered. Continue reading

Six Nations 2015 – Ireland On Course For The Ultimate Prize

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Dual blogged on I’m Talkin’ Here

The chariot has been derailed and Ireland remain unbeaten. Such was the plethora of wins Ireland experienced over England before 2012 that seems strange to write with such enthusiasm but it has to be appreciated for what it means. How did they do it? Well it’s more than worthwhile taking a look.

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Six Nations 2015 – Can Wales Tackle The French?

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Dual blogged on I’m Talkin’Here

Before Ireland’s crucial game this Sunday we will see Scotland play host to Italy and France the same to Wales. All four sides are finding themselves in turmoil of sorts with underperforming the operative word. Can Scotland show the results of their new coaching team with a result worthy of the quality and can Wales put themselves back in contention against the strongest French side for some time?
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Six Nations 2015 – Are You Not Entertained?

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Ah here c’mon now, how negative can we be? All the buzz since our emphatic win over France, Irish rugby fans all over have been harping on about how we still don’t look great and there is still work to be done. I won’t disagree with that second point but, we’re looking better than ever guys and here’s why.

Remember back a few years, just before David Wallace’s career ending injury? Remember when The Bull hung up his boots and we crawled into a humiliation in Twickenham two years ago? Do you remember, this time last year, wondering what the hell we would ever do without that fella wearing 13 on his back? Well what we have done since all of these things is win five games in a row, two against top three southern hemisphere teams and one against a side who up until last year had only suffered three defeats from us in this century. What I’m saying is – stop focusing solely on what happens on the pitch and take a step back. Ireland are neck and neck with England for the title of best team in Europe, neck and neck in the Six Nations race too and most importantly – they’re winning. Up until the “Golden Generation” arrived we would always be happy with the win. Dirty wins like Scotland 07, it didn’t matter. Then we became seriously good, always managing to score but more and more we couldn’t manage to win. Now it’s all about the win. Not that Ireland at this moment in time are playing ball up the jumper rugby and that’s that rather there are tailored game plans (and cards being held with a World Cup later this year). Ireland scraped past France and should have had another point or two on Italy but they won. Continue reading

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