Monday 22 January 2018

Editorial: Family grief as Karen is laid to rest

Karen Buckley's mother Marian (centre) is consoled
Karen Buckley's mother Marian (centre) is consoled

KAREN Buckley’s home village – and much of north Cork – will come to a standstill today as the family of the tragic 24-year-old student lay her to rest.

There were emotional scenes last night at Karen’s removal, as huge numbers of people turned out to offer their support to the grieving Buckley family.

A similar large turnout was expected at Karen’s funeral mass today in the small church in Analeentha, Co Cork.

The sheer number of mourners and the public show of support and outpouring of grief show just how deeply Karen’s violent death affected

people in Ireland and in Glasgow.

Local parish priest Fr Joe O’Keeffe has stated that a “darkness” has fallen over the local community.

Our thoughts are with Karen’s parents and her brothers on this hardest of days.


Race season off to a flyer

IT’S that time of year again.

The days have gotten longer, May is approaching and a summer of race meets is about to get under way.

The action begins in earnest today with the opening of one of Ireland’s favourite festivals – Punchestown.

We’re set for a busy five days on and off the track this week, as thousands flock to the Co Kildare course for a mouth-watering array of races

- not least tomorrow’s Gold Cup.

If Willie Mullins keeps up his Cheltenham form the bookies could be for a tough few days.

Among today’s races is the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle – always an interesting outing.

So whether you’re headed to Naas or watching at home here’s to an enjoyable – and lucrative – festival for all punters.

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