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Thursday 8 December 2016

Editorial: Tragedy of an untimely young death

Police activity and floral tributes at High Craigton Farm as remains found by officers investigating the disappearance of Karen Buckley are that of the Irish student, police have said
Police activity and floral tributes at High Craigton Farm as remains found by officers investigating the disappearance of Karen Buckley are that of the Irish student, police have said

THE pain and suffering being endured by the family of tragic Karen Buckley is unimaginable to most of us.

The faint hope that the Cork student, who went missing after a night out in Glasgow last weekend, would be found safe was extinguished yesterday, when police found her remains at a farm north of the city.

The police investigation into her disappearance continued yesterday, as Karen’s family, those who knew her and indeed most Irish people struggled to come to terms with the circumstances of her death.

Like thousands of other young Irish people Karen had emigrated to acquire skills and work. She had moved to Glasgow from Essex last January

to undertake further studies.

That she could be snatched away from her family and friends so horribly is truly chilling.

The coming days will no doubt see more information emerge in the case. For now though our thoughts are with the Buckley family.

Glory days of Italia ’90

MANY readers will find it hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed since the Italia ’90 World Cup.

The events of that summer on the pitch are forever burned into the memories of Irish soccer fans and, indeed, almost every Irish person.

Those memories were revisited last night at the Aviva Stadium, when Bill O’Herlihy, John Giles and Eamon Dunphy joined Roddy Doyle – whose

book The Van was set at the time – for a special ‘Remembering Italia ’90’ event.

It might be 25 years since Packie Bonner’s famous save but for many, the glory days haven’t faded.

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