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Timber plant to bring back lost Braun jobs IT’S been a blot on the landscape for several years but now the Braun factory looks set to be given a new lease of light. The site has been sold to Irish homebuilder Glenveagh Properties Plc for use as a timber production facility and it is hoped the company’s multi-million enterprise will result in significant hundreds of jobs being created during the contrustion phase and the when fully operational. The site at O’Brien Road was put on the market by commercial

property firm Clyde Real Estate in April with a guide price of €5.95m and it’s believed to have been sold to Glenveagh for considerably more than the asking price. The Braun factory once employed more than 1,400 people for more than 35 years. The factory was built in 1974 and made small electrical appliances and later Oral B toothbrushes after the factory came was opened as part of a regional strategy by the IDA, the government investment

agency. It closed in 2009 when it employed just 260 people, with 100 people transferring to its Newbridge plant. A leading Irish homebuilder, Glenveagh Properties saw its revenues for the first six months of this year jump by 245% to €127.5m from €37m, while profits came in at €2.6m compared with a loss of €27.3m in the same period in 2020. In Glenveagh’s results for first six months of 2021, published last month, the company made reference to its Carlow

purchase, stating: “The group is investing further in the supply chain, starting with a €16 million investment in additional timber frame and soil-recovery facilities. “The timber frame facility will be strategically located within our suburban south region to better serve our expanding network of construction sites throughout the country. Continued on next page t: 059 914 1877

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04| news in brief JYSK opens In Carlow Town JYSK, the Danish retailer, has opened its first store in Carlow and shoppers welcomed the opening day offers of up to 70% off selected lines in store with bargains such as the Vedde dining table (€70), the Nebel rocking chair (€100) and the Lotus cushion (€4.50) proving especially popular. The 11th JYSK store in Ireland, JYSK Carlow is located at Unit 7 / 8 Barrow Valley Retail Park employs a teram of a team of 13.

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IT Carlow launches €1.73m centre of finance excellence

New homeless service to open A NEW homeless services in Carlow will open at the end of the month and when the St Vincent de Paul Hostel closes. Hostel accommodation for homeless people has been replaced with apartments in Carlow. Previously, St Vincent de Paul provided hostel accommodation for homeless men in Carlow for 30 years, but last year announced it would be withdrawing from the sector. Depaul, a charity that St Vincent de Paul founded in 2002, will now run the service for the council.

Damian Rossiter, Development Manager, CIRDAS and Dr. Joseph Collins, Head of Faculty of Lifelong Learning, IT Carlow A third-level centre of excellence specialising in upskilling and reskilling for the insurance and financial services sectors has been launched by Institute of Technology Carlow with industry giant Axa among its first learners. The Centre for Insurance, Risk and Data Analytics Studies (CIRDAS) was created by IT Carlow’s faculty of lifelong learning

and Insurtech Network Centre (INC), an IT Carlow/Enterprise Ireland initiative, in partnership with Letterkenny Institute of Technology, as a thirdlevel academy for upskilling and reskilling insurance and financial services industry professionals. The €1.73m initiative is funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) under the Human Capital

Initiative Pillar 3, Innovation and Agility initiative. Damian Rossiter, a Wexford native with 15 years’ experience in banking, finance, data analysis and risk, has been appointed development manager for CIRDAS and says there is a need for relevant and up-todate upskilling options within the insurance sector that has suffered a lack of confidence in bridging skills gaps.

Timber plant to bring back lost jobs Continued from previous page

“The purchase of this facility will be completed in the coming weeks and will be operational from 2023. “When combined with our existing Dundalk facility, the group will facilitate the manufacture of approximately 2,000 timber frames by 2024.” Clyde Real Estate is headed by entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Seán Gallagher, who bought the former Braun site from Procter & Gamble in 2015. The complex extends to 20,587 square metres (221,594 sq ft) on an expansive site of almost 30 acres, but remained vacant since the Braun factory closed in 2010. CBRE, together with REA Sothern, Carlow undertook the sale of the Braun site. “The site has been vacant now for quite a while, it’s been well maintained in fairness, but I think it’s great to see a tenant coming in now, somebody who’s bought the premises and Glenveagh Development are, as we all know, quite a substantial enterprise,” ex-TD Pat Deering told KCLR.

House prices rise 3.4% in three months

The price of the average second-hand three-bed semi in County Carlow has risen by 3.4% to €195,000 in the last three months, according to a national survey by Real Estate Alliance. Across the county, homes are reaching sale agreed in three weeks, the Q3 REA Average House Price Index shows. Prices in Carlow town rose 1.5% to €205,000 this quarter, with time to sell steady at three weeks. “If a property is priced correctly, we are guaranteed 15-20 viewers, and we would have three or four bidders with reserve being matched or exceeded,” said Harry Sothern, REA Sothern, Carlow town. “In August and early September, a number of people went on holidays and the market was not as active, but enquiries are coming in stronger in the second part of September.” Tullow prices rose 5.7% this quarter to €185,000, with time taken to sell remining at four weeks. “Lack of supply continues to be an issue, and currently there are very few starter homes for sale in the Tullow area,” said Matthew Conry of REA Dawson, Tullow. “Good quality residential properties which are in in ru-

ral areas and are close to good road infrastructure are attracting strong interest from Dublin buyers, who now have the option to work from home on a full or part time basis.” Average house prices nationally have risen by €3,500 per month since the end of June, with selling prices in commuter areas and small towns increasing by over double the growth experienced in the major cities. The survey concentrates on the actual sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the threebed semi, giving an accurate picture of the second-hand property market in towns and cities countrywide. The price of a three-bedroomed semi-detached house across the country rose by 4.1% over the past three months to €264,056 – representing an annual increase of 12%. The biggest rises in Q3 came in commuter counties (4.6%) and the country’s large towns (4.9%) as buyers continue to move out further from the capital in anticipation of long-term remote and hybrid working situations. They are being joined by a surge of interest from ex-pats, anxious to return to Ireland after the pandemic, with more set to return when family homes become available.

A man has been fined €6,000 in Carlow Carlow District Court for destroying hedgerow vegetation and trees containing birds’ nests with eggs. Brian O Reilly, Clonagh, Hollywood, County Laois, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Wildlife Acts. The offences took place on lands at Ballickmoyler, Co. Laois between May 8 and 11, 2020. T wo of the summonses related to the destruction of

fifty-four mature hardwood trees and twelve hundred meters of hedgerow vegetation, two more summonses for the wilful destruction of the nests and the eggs of protected wild birds, and one summons for procuring and paying others to take part of these offenses. The case was taken by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and prosecuted by Mr Brendan Curran of O’Doherty Warren Solicitors.

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Extra ‘bank holiday’ on the cards

The Government is examining introducing a bank holiday between now and the end of the year as part of a pandemic bonus. Plans are at an advanced stage to have a day to recognise the contribution of frontline workers and to remember those who died from Covid. A date has not yet been decided, but it could be in November or between Christmas and year end. The bank holiday would be a means of recognising everyone’s contribution during the pandemic. This includes all categories of frontline workers, with ministers stressing in recent days that any bonus would have to be non-divisive. Other measures for frontline workers are still being considered, including extra leave or payments. It is understood that any measures would come out of this year’s spending rather than Budget 2022. The chief executive of small firms group ISME said that granting an additional bank holiday must be done for “intelligent, justifiable reasons” and not because we have just come through a pandemic.

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Employers: axe the PUP to solve staff shortages

Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) recipients should be asked to present at social welfare offices to prove they are living in the country, according to the head of the Restaurants’ Association of Ireland. Adrian Cummins told RTÉthat he believes the social welfare payment is being defrauded and that it is leading to staff shortages in his industry and in others. He argued the sectors such as construction, retail and hospitality are desperate for staff and are doing their utmost to attract employees. “We have 110,000 people on the PUP payment at the moment. “That’s nearly 20pc of where we were in May of 2020. We’ve a number of fully open sectors now… and these are sectors who are trying to attract staff back into the industry. “As an association we’d like to ask the Department of Social Protection to ask these recipients to come into the social welfare offices to make sure that they are actually in the State at the moment. And that these people are not and have

James Kavanagh and his mum, Margaret, together knitting tiny woollen hats for this year’s Big Knit, which is run by Innocent Drinks to raise funds for Age Action. Pic: Mark Stedman not left the Irish State and are receiving payments outside of the State,” he said. Mr Cummins said he has “anecdotal” evidence that these practices are taking place. Meanwhile, Retail Excellence said the process of winding down the PUP needs to be accelerated, in order to help address acute shortages in staff being felt in the retail. Chief executive Duncan Graham said the situation has become very serious since the

start of the easing of restrictions. “If you talk to recruiters around town, they’ll tell you there is an enormous shortage, they have a huge number of vacancies, across all levels in fact - in retail particularly - and it has been very, very difficult to fill those,” he said. Mr Graham said a lot of people left the industry during the height of the Covid crisis, as non-essential retail was closed during nine of the last 18 months.

He added that many migrant workers chose to return home during the pandemic and have not returned. With over 17,000 retail workers still claiming the PUP, Mr Graham said the feeling among retailers is that the wind down, not due to be completed until February, should happen faster. “We really need these people back into work prior to the Christmas peak,” he claimed. “I think what we are now

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IF you splurged in the food department over the many recent Lockdowns, you might be at least glad to hear that you are not alone. And while many of us piled on the pounds, the bigger issue has actually been food waste. A new study, conducted by Coyne Research on behalf of Aldi, has found that shoppers in the county threw away almost €365 worth of food each during the Covid-19 lockdowns. A third of Irish adults (36%) bought more food during the lockdowns, with one in three stating they wasted or threw out more food during lockdown restrictions compared to ‘normal’ pre-pandemic times. Despite food wastage increasing nationwide, three out of 10 adults reported knowing someone who struggled to buy food, had to make sacrifices to pay for food, or had to avail of a food bank during the lockdowns. The study reflects FoodCloud’s experience,

witnessing a huge surge in demand for its surplus food redistribution services since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. FoodCloud saw demand almost doubling whilst some charities had to reduce or limit services. Between March 2020 and August 2021, charities sought 53% more food donations compared with the previous 18 months. To help combat the pressure on FoodCloud’s services, Aldi is launching its 2021 Food for Good campaign, whereby Dublin shoppers can buy and leave food donations in their local Aldi store, which will be collected and distributed to local charities by FoodCloud. Starting on Monday, 4th October, running until Sunday, 10th October, Aldi shoppers can donate an extra nonperishable food item to one of the specially designed ‘Food for Good’ drop-off points that Aldi’s 148 stores nationwide.

seeing is stores looking and seeing are they going to be able to trade some of the hours that they would normally do over the Christmas period, because simply they don’t have the people,” he said. The Government has no plans to change its schedule for unwinding the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar said while he understands that some employers are finding it hard to find staff and want to see the payment wound down quicker, other sectors including aviation, the arts and entertainment industries are still relying on it. Recipients of the PUP have become more active in their job search, according to a survey from jobs website Indeed. It said 36% of respondents who are receiving the payment said they are urgently looking for work, up from just 13% in July. That increase comes as phased reductions in PUP payments kicked in during September, with the Government flagging their plans in advance of the changes.

Third dose on way for vulnerable

The campaign to deliver a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to medically vulnerable groups will commence in the coming days, the HSE’s chief executive Paul Reid has said. Appointments are likely to be made from September 29, with the third dose administered to those who are immunocompromised and over the age of 12 from October 1. Mr Reid said contact would be made with those who are deemed at highest risk, adding that risk would be determined by clinical teams, focusing on the most vulnerable groups. The HSE RTÉ that “it will be a period of five to six weeks to complete this programme”. However, Mr Reid said identifying who exactly would need a third dose was a “complex process” and not a “simple list to take off the shelf”. Those likely to be included are people who are highly immunocompromised, organ recipients, renal patients, certain cancer patients, and people on particular medications. People will be contacted by the HSE and clinical teams about their appointments, Mr Reid said. “If people are not contacted, it’s most likely an indication that they’re not in that higher risk category,” he added.

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Researchers are smiling all the way to the bank


n Irish university has conducted research into smiling. I’m not joking. It found there are three main categories of smile. A reward smile signals that a person is happy, a dominance smile reinforces superiority and an affiliation smile builds and maintains social bonds. Taxpayers funded this study and you may think that is no laughing matter. But the good news is that the Irish university was Queen’s, in Belfast, so it was British taxpayers who footed the bill. Ha! I thought that would put the smile back on your face. Dr Magdalena Rychlowska, from Queen’s, shared the work - and, presumably, the cost with four other universities, two in the United States, one in the Netherlands and Cardiff

Michael Wolsey University in Wales. They concluded: “We react differently to different types of smiles”. Ah yes, university researchers. Where would we be without them? They have discovered that blonde waitresses get more tips than brunettes (Holy Family University, Philadelphia) and that men pay more attention to women in high heels than those in flat shoes (Université de Bretagne-Sud).

That men judge women with blonde hair to be younger and healthier-looking than brunettes (Augsburg University, Minnesota). That drinking a lot of alcohol is bad for you (Harvard) but people who drink red wine at night sleep better than those who drink water (Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv). Scholarly research has found that wet underwear caused a “significant cooling effect” on the skin (joint study by universities in Norway and Denmark) and that a full bottle of beer would do more damage to the human skull than an empty one (University of Bern). I have yet to see a university study on the defecatory habits of bears in woods or the ability of birds to fly on one wing, but no doubt they are out there somewhere. They would not be much odder than the recent research by the veterinary department at

New York’s Cornell University into the effect on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. They wanted to know if the health of the animals would be damaged by transporting them this way, hung from a helicopter. You’ll be pleased to know that the 12 rhinos tested had no complaints at all. For her research on smiling, Dr Rychlowsk carried out five studies, with more than 900 participants. That sounds pretty extensive, but is only in the ha’penny place compared to the 1924 study by Carney Landis , a student at the University of Minnesota who wanted to know if certain experiences, such as pain or shock, always elicited the same facial expressions. Landi persuaded an assortment of fellow students, teachers and psychology patients to take part in an experiment where they were electrocuted,

had fireworks placed under their seats and their hands dipped in a bucket of frogs. The climax came when he produced a live white rat on a tray and asked them to cut off its head with a butcher’s knife. He concluded that even during the most violent tasks, the most common reaction was to smile. A similar conclusion was reached by the 19th century French neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne. Duchenne was interested in the mechanics of facial expressions, including how the muscles of the face contract to produce a smile. The best way to study this, he decided, was to attach electrodes to a person’s face and jolt their muscles into action. The procedure was so painful that Duchenne could not find anyone to assist his research and was only able to experiment

on the freshly severed heads of people executed by guillotine. Then one day, by chance, he met a middle-aged man with facial insensitivity and used him as his human guinea pig. Duchenne went on to discover 60 facial expressions which he depicted in a series of scarylooking photographs. In the most famous of these, the unlucky man has his face contorted into a broad, toothless grin, known to medical history as the Duchenne Smile. And what does all this prove? Absolutely nothing, except that there is no theory so daft or irrelevant that research can’t be found to substantiate it. And no research so crazy that somebody can’t be found to pay for it. Unfortunately that somebody is usually us, the taxpayers. And if that doesn’t make you smile, you’ll just have to grin and bear it.

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The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland

book of the week

with Justin Ivory

A sea of sunflowers at The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland (Photo Justin Ivory) Nestled deep in the southwest corner of Wicklow on the border with Wexford there is a field. Nothing unusual there, this is farming country after all. Ah yes but this field is a bit different. It is full of Sunflowers. A field full of magnificent 8ft tall Sunflowers in Ireland in September! Are you mad? A field full of Sunflowers! Is this for the cutflower industry? Nope. These flowers will not be cut and sold. They are being grown for food. Food? Are sunflowers edible? No… well not by humans anyway. They are being grown to provide food for bees and other pollinators. Ah ok… so it’s somebody with an apiary and trying to produce loads of honey. No… there are no artificial beehives or honey production here. So, what is going on? This is the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland. This is 55 acres of the Wicklow countryside being planted with field after field of wildflowers to feed all our wonderful wild pollinators – bumblebees, solitary bees, wasps, hoverflies, and butterflies. It is ponds and wetlands, unkempt and uncut hedgerows, copses, brambles, nettles, thistles – a wild and re-wilded haven for all our biodiversity. A refuge not just for bees but all manner of biodiversity – birds of prey hunt overhead, squadrons of dragonflies and damselflies patrol their territories, hedgehogs, stoats, squirrels, deer and all manner of birds and invertebrates.

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the new girl Sinead Moriarty

The Team That Turned Up RTE Player

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AT school, Ruby is the odd one out. Although Denise and Clara are her friends, they are each other’s best friend and she is the ‘other’ friend. So when new girl Safa, a refugee who has just arrived in Ireland from Syria, joins the class, she is put sitting beside Ruby. Safa and Ruby realise that their lives are very different. But as they get to know each other they soon discover that they have more in common than they might think. This is a timely and heart-warming story of friendship from one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers and the first children’s book from the author.

THIS is another opportunity to watch this fascinating documentary which focuses on one of the most famous rugby encounters between Ireland and England. In 1972 both Scotland and Wales had refused to travel to Dublin to fulfil their Five Nations fixtures, citing security concerns following the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin and bombings on the streets of the capital. England did come over, and the stunning ovation they received from the Irish crowd made the fixture at Lansdowne one of the most memorable occasions in rugby history.

BEN is Back is a 2018 American drama starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges and Courtney B Vance and follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges), who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben’s wary mother Holly Burns (Roberts) welcomes her beloved son’s return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm’s way. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family’s downfall. Definitely one for the family, with plenty of lessons to be learned for all.

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TaurusReplenish your reserves. Compute expenses to find painless twigs to prune. Align on solutions for longterm growth. GeminiFocus energy for a personal project for long-lasting gain. Research and consider expert financial opinions. Explore and innovate. CancerReview options for the way of least friction. Gentle, steady pressure works better than force. Determine the best direction. LeoA community effort gains momentum. Long-term goals seem within reach. Work together to exceed expectations. Recruit friends to help.

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give up clothes for good

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TK Maxx has launched its annual Give Up Clothes for Good campaign with the support of model and TV star Millie Mackintosh. Millie is supporting one of Ireland’s longest running clothes collections, to raise money for Enable Ireland who provide vital services for children and young people with disabilities. The all-year-round collection motivates people to generously donate pre-loved clothing, accessories, and homeware items by dropping them off at their local TK Maxx store. Donated items will go to Enable Ireland shops to be sold and given a new lease of life.

DURING the Great Depression, Rusty Russell (Luke Wilson) gives up a privileged position to coach football at an orphanage in Fort Worth, Texas. Bringing his players into shape, they soon become an inspiration to their city, state and an entire nation... yes, we have been here before. And if it’s inspiration and dreams you are looking for, you can find it at your nearest cinema. But as with bank heist movies, the playbook for these staple sports movies has now been utilised over and over again so don’t expect anything too demanding.

RTÉ had to respond to criticism of its The Rotunda series, which was filmed in the maternity hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that crew numbers. The documentary series, now in its third season, follows the stories of women and couples who attend the hospital for the birth of their babies. The latest season was filmed from November 2020 to September 2021 and this episode follows Bulgarian couple Rose and Slavi from Kildare, who arrive in time for the their baby girl, while Joyce discovers she is about to have triplets!

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Paul Handrick of the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland (Photo Justin Ivory) The brainchild of Paul Handrick and Clare-Louise Donelan, this not-for profit venture is their brave response to the Biodiversity Crisis and the Climate Emergency. This is leading the way. Imagine a network of sanctuaries like this across the county and across the country. Imagine if these sanctuaries were interconnected by wildlife corridors. There is hope and a beacon has just been lit deep in the heart of Wicklow.

AriesMake a bargain, or promise. Push for a long-term dream and vision. Use your charm and creativity. Make a move leading to lasting benefit.

Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Buckingham

Ireland’s Walled Gardens

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HAVING been exiled from the neverending saga that is Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham decided to just go and make an album and call it after himself for the Hell of it. This is his seventh solo work and was originally slated for a 2018 release, but what with falling out with ex-partner Stevie Nicks, being sacked from Fleetwood Mac, undergoing open-heart surgery and the collapse of his marriage, he was otherwise fairly busy. Surprisingly, despite the turmoil, his knack for catchy pop hasn’t waned.

2021 is the Irish Georgian Society Year of the Country House Garden and Waterford artist Andrea Jameson features in an exhibition celebrating four hundred years of Irish gardens and designed landscapes. Stepping Through the Gate: Inside Ireland’s Walled Gardens, takes place from 23rd September - 26th November 2021 at City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2, where fifty specially commissioned paintings of Irish Walled Gardens will be on display, including the above by Jameson of Tourin.

SUNDAY (September 26th) is National Walking Day and the St Declan’s Way Committee are marking the day with a 10km walk around the seaside village of Ardmore. The walk promises bracing sea air, plenty of stories and tales, and magnificent scenery. Starting on Halla Deagláin on Main Street, the walk proceeds north along the beach, loops around by Ballynamertinagh and Bóthar Ard, back into the village and then around the spectacular Cliff Walk. Refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards courtesy of The Pantry.

VirgoPlay the game you’ve been practicing to win. Forge ahead, and anticipate changes. Stay light on your feet, and have fun.. LibraSet into place structures to support your next adventure. Balance and weigh your options. Make long-term decisions and preparations. ScorpioGo for big financial goals with a partner’s support. Teamwork goes the distance. Clarify your vision to inspire greater gain. Sagittarius-

Collaborate to determine next steps with your partner. Discuss possibilities, and align upon which to greenlight. Compromise and negotiate terms. CapricornPick up the pace as demand for your work rises. The moves you make now can have lasting personal benefits. You have an extra advantage. AquariusCollaboration flowers. Pull together for common gain. Have fun with family, friends and someone you love. Share your heart. PiscesWork together for home and family. Work out who will do what, and get going. Handle household routines, and make a long-desired improvement.

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Searching for the answers after 35 long years of pain

What really happened to Philip Cairns? A new book investigates his tragic disappearance in 1986 NEXT month, on October 23, it will be 35 years since Dublin schoolboy Philip Cairns just disappeared without a trace. The sudden, mysterious disappearance of the quiet 13-year-old has baffled detectives and his family and remains a cold case, despite a long-running garda investigation, extensive searches and multiple media appeals. Philip was snatched in broad daylight while returning to school in Rathfarnham on an autumn day, never to be seen again. “We feel his loss every day and he is always in our hearts and thoughts,” his sister, Sandra said, as a new book, The Boy

Who Never Came Home reveals the inside story on the investigation from the detectives who worked on the case as well as their theories on what they believe may have happened to the missing teenager. Written by Irish Sunday Mirror journalist Emma McMenamy the book also scrutinises indepth the only named suspect, prolific paedophile Eamon Cooke — dubbed Ireland’s Jimmy Savile — and unearths new revelations about the serial child abuser which potentially link him further to the young boy’s disappearance. Cooke, who in 2007 was convicted of crimes dating back to the 1970s and sentenced to 10 years in prison, was quizzed

by officers over the case but died without making any admissions. It is an investigation that sheds new light on a mystery that has long haunted the country, with one of the teenagers who found Philip’s school bag, Catherine Hassett, talking openly for the first time in 35 years about the discovery. Former Detective Sergeant Tom Doyle, who headed the case from 1998-2016, also talks about Cooke’s deathbed interviews and shares his fascinating insights on the case. And top American DNA expert, Dr Mark Perlin, discusses the DNA on Philip’s bag and how he has

the technology to test mixed DNA samples which could help to finally crack the cold case. The book also features top forensic physiologist Dr Julian Boon, who helped British officers at the Harold Shipman trial. Dr Boon takes a look at the case as well as Irish criminologist John O’Keeffe, to determine what may have happened on the day Philip disappeared and where detectives need to focus their continuing investigation. Philip’s school friend, who sat beside him in class, looks back at the investigation from the very start hoping to bring an end to this bitter tale.

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We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month in years gone by

Freemans Jrn 05/09/1827

Irish Ind 01/09/1933 Irish Press 2/09/1982

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