death

  • Legendary comedian Brendan Grace has died at the age of 68, following a short battle with lung cancer.

    A Dublin native, Brendan Grace began his career in entertainment as a singer, but later turned to comedy, becoming well-known for characters such as Bottler and the Father of the Bride.

    In latter years, he divided his time between Ireland and the US.

    He had suffered ill health in recent years, but continued to tour and perform.

    He had been due to tour Ireland this Summer before being diagnosed with cancer.

    His family say Brendan died peacefully, and are grateful for the support from fans all over the world since his illness became public.

    Brendan Grace is survived by his wife Eileen, children, grandchildren and extended family.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The death has taken place of country music legend Big Tom.

    The 81-year old from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan passed away this morning in hospital surrounded by family members.

    Big Tom McBride started out in the music business in 1966, fronting Big Tom and the Mainliners and was known as Ireland’s King of Country Music.

    In June 2016, he was the first artist to be inducted into the Irish Country Music Hall of Fame.

    His family have just confirmed that he passed away this morning, and say he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

     

     

  • The Department of Justice last night described the death of a transgender woman in a direct provision centre in Galway as unexplained.

    The woman is believed to be from Africa.

    The exact circumstances of the woman's death are unclear but the Department of Justice confirmed she fell ill at the direct provision centre.  A spokeserson says a post mortem examination is due to take place and until results are known the department will make no further statement.

    Two LGBT resource centres in Galway, Amach and Teach Solais, have issued a statement of condolence describing the woman as a 'great friend'. 

    The Transgender Equality Network says it has been in contact with Gardai and relevant authorities to offer assistance if needed.

    In a statement, the Green Party has claimed the woman came to Ireland legally seeking asylum and described the death as a tragedy

     

  • The tragic death of a man on the grounds of Galway City Council is the second death of a homeless person in Galway city in the space of ten months and is a stark indictment of government policy, according to Galway West Independent deputy Catherine Connolly.

    The deputy told Midwest News today that these deaths are not inevitable and are a direct consequence of the housing crisis which is the result of the policy of this government and the previous Fine Gael/Labour government.

    Deputy Connolly says in Galway there are housing applicants waiting since 2002 on the housing list with no prospect of a local authority house any time soon, there is  a lack of housing falling within HAP thresholds, an unregulated Air B&B market gobbling up houses; and not a single social house constructed between 2009 and the first quarter of 2018, and then only 14 houses coming on stream.

    In view of the scale of the crisis, the Minister for Housing must not only visit Galway, as called for by the Mayor Of Galway today Labour Cllr Niall McNelis in the wake of yesterday’s death, but rather deputy Connolly says the Minister  must have an urgent meeting with the local authorities with a view to rolling out an urgent housing construction plan.

  • Gardai are questioning a man in his forties after the death of a woman in County Mayo.

    Her body was discovered yesterday morning at a house in the Westport area.

    A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later today.

    Garda inquiries got under way shortly after 10am yesterday morning when the body of the woman in her forties was found at a house in the Kilbree area of Westport.

    A man was arrested and taken to Castlebar Garda Station for questioning and Gardai say they are not looking for anyone else at this stage.

    The scene has been preserved overnight pending examination by the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau and the investigation is ongoing.

    An incident room has been set up at Castlebar Garda Station, and anyone who can assist with the inquiry is asked to come forward.

    The family of the deceased woman has been notified and a family liaison officer has been appointed. 

  • A scheduled meeting of Galway City Council was cancelled yesterday after the body of a man in his late 20s was found in bushes at the front of City Hall.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University College Hospital shortly after noon yesterday for a postmortem.

    The man, whose name has not yet been released, was from the city and was known to gardaí. According to today’s Irish Times, he had returned to Galway late last week and had engaged with housing services over the weekend.

    In a statement issued yesterday Galway City Council extended its sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.

    The October meeting of Galway City Council  was deferred , according to the mayor, Cllr Niall McNelis, as a mark of respect.

    Mr McNelis said he was shocked and saddened at the death of the young man. And he has asked Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to visit the city as winter looms and the homeless problem intensifies.

    The Mayor has now written to the Minister for Housing  to outline his concerns and to ensure the council and agencies have all the resources they need. He has also asked the Minister to visit the city and meet those working in frontline services, and about how the Housing First strategy can be prioritised in Galway.

  • The death has taken place of Sonny Knowles, the Dublin-born singer who rose to fame during Ireland's cabaret and showband era.

    Aged 86, he passed away peacefully at his home this morning surrounded by his family.

    Sonny's career spanned six decades and saw him perform as a member of the Johnny Butler Band, Earl Gill's Band, the Pacific Showband and Dermot O'Brien's showband.

    He is survived by his wife Sheila, their son Gary and daughters Aisling and Geraldine.

    Sonny Knowles, known as The Window Cleaner to his fans, was well-known as a saxaphone player before becoming a professional singer during the showband boom in the 1960's.

    He also presented a Sunday-morning show on Midwest Radio for a time in the early 1990's.

     

     

     

  • The death has occurred of Sligo county councillor Margaret Gormley.

    The long serving Independent councillor was co-opted to the local authority in 1980 . She was first elected in 1985 and served as Cathaoirleach in 2004.

    In her almost 40 years on Sligo county council,the Bunninadden based councillor always spoke her mind and was a great advocate for rural areas, particularly her native South Sligo.