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April 30, 2007

SF Councillor Killed By Bull

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BB 04/29/07 SF Councillor Killed By Bull On Farm
BB 04/29/07 DUP Hay 'To Be Appointed As Speaker'
OC 04/29/07 Sean McManus, SF Candidate, Suffers Heart Attack
BN 04/29/07 Increase In Number Of Men Joining Priesthood
EX 04/29/07 Special Event To Honour Artist Georgia O'Keeffe


Councillor Killed By Bull On Farm

A Sinn Fein councillor has been killed by a bull on a farm in
County Tyrone.

Michael McAnespie died during the incident earlier on Monday. The
bull was shot dead by police.

The accident happened on a farm in Lough McCrory, near Omagh. Mr
McAnespie was elected to the mid-Tyrone area for Sinn Fein in

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams expressed his "deep shock and
sadness" at the death. Mr McAnespie, 63, was a married man with
nine children.

"Michael was an extremely hard working councillor who ably and
conscientiously represented the people of Omagh," said Mr Adams.

"His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him, but especially
by his family and friends."

The incident happened on the farm, which is close to
Sixmilecross, at about 1420 BST.

"The circumstances are being investigated by the relevant
authorities," said a PSNI spokesman.

'Very high esteem'

Peter Kelly, also a councillor in Omagh, said he was "numb with

"He was my best friend on the council, he was a complete
gentleman, he helped me out a lot when I went on to the council,
he kept me on the straight and narrow," he said.

"He was very outgoing, very talkative. He was concerned about
planning issues, about farming."

A spokeswoman for Omagh District Council said staff's thoughts
were with the McAnespie family.

"Everybody was fond of him; he was a great man of integrity and
dignity," she said.

"He was held in very high esteem here and was involved in the
fight for an improved ambulance service in this area."

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/04/30 19:27:26 GMT


DUP William Hay 'To Be Appointed As Speaker'

The DUP's William Hay is to be appointed as the Speaker of the
new NI Assembly, it is understood.

The Foyle assembly member is expected to take over the role from
the transitional Speaker, Eileen Bell, when the assembly meets
next week.

Donegal born, Mr Hay has been Mayor of Derry City Council and has
represented the DUP on the Policing Board.

Meanwhile, sources have said Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy will be a
principal deputy speaker.

It is also understood the party will be seeking the Speaker's
role in a future assembly.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/04/30 17:57:14 GMT


Sean McManus, SF Candidate, Suffers Heart Attack

Apr 30, 8:44 am

Sligo Sinn Fein councillor and election candidate, Sean McManus,
has suffered a heart attack.

The Sligo-North Leitrim election candidate was taken ill this
morning and is currently recovering at Sligo General Hospital.

He is, however, to be in good spirits and recovering well.

His son, Cllr Chris McManus, says his father is in fighting form,
and still giving instructions about the election campaign.

The Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams, is due to launch Sean
McManus' election campaign in Sligo tomorrow evening.


Increase In Number Of Men Joining Priesthood

29/04/2007 - 14:26:40

There has been an increase in the number of men joining the
priesthood, it was claimed today.

In the Dublin diocese alone, five men have been accepted into the
seminary since the beginning of the current academic year.

The diocese also had a stand at the FAS Opportunities Conference
in Croke Park in March.

Today is Vocations Sunday, and director of Vocations Fr Eamonn
Bourke said he believes a number of factors have influenced the

"There seems to be more a sense of optimism in the Church in the
last couple of months, plus there seems to be a sense of
disillusionment with the way society has gone," he said.

"People want to give back something now and they see they the
priesthood as a radical way of giving back something to the
community and to the Church themselves."


Special Event To Honour Artist Georgia O'Keeffe

By Ray Ryan
30 April 2007

THE celebrated US painter Georgia O'Keeffe will be honoured in
her ancestral Co Cork tomorrow evening.

Dromagh Castle will be the venue for a programme of music,
ceremony and talk organised by O'Keeffe clan chieftain Gerard
O'Keeffe, a Kanturk-based solicitor.

The event will focus on the painter whose paternal roots are
believed to be in the Nadd area.

Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin in 1887, raised in
Virginia and trained in Chicago and New York, but she is
typically associated with the US south-west and particularly New
Mexico, where she settled. She is known for her paintings in
which she synthesises abstraction and representation in her
paintings of flowers, rocks and landscapes. She died in 1986.

Mr O'Keeffe said he first became acquainted with her work back in
the mid-1980s through a book given to him by his friend, the late
Michael O'Leary, the former Tanaiste.

A pair of hands in bronze by sculpture Paula O'Sullivan,
commissioned by Mr O'Keeffe and dedicated to Mr O'Leary, will be
unveiled at tomorrow's ceremony (5pm to 8pm) by Judge Michael

The sculpture will later go on permanent display in an
antiquarian bookshop that Mr O'Keeffe plans to open in Killarney.

Kanturk author John Dillon will officially open the event and
there will also be an address by Mr O'Keeffe. Musician Liam
O'Connor, singer Cahir O'Doherty and pupils from St Brendan's
national school, Dromtarriffe, will provide entertainment.

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