Court offers tributes, applause and a smile for the late John…

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Picture by Press 22.A ROUND of applause followed tributes paid to the late John Devane at Limerick Circuit Court this Tuesday as colleagues and friends honoured the solicitor who died last weekend.After leading the tributes, Judge Tom O’Donnell said that he was going to take the unusual step for the court in asking those in attendance to remember Mr Devane through a round of applause.It was a fitting tribute after words from State prosecution counsel John O’Sullivan BL and solicitor Darach McCarthy in honour of the 54-year-old father of two.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last Sunday morning, Mr Devane was found in his home at Blackwater, Ardnacrusha having passed away overnight.He is to be laid to rest in Dingle on Thursday.On Monday, tributes were held at Limerick District Court where Mr Devane practiced and had “epic battles” as an advocate of the law for all of his clients. The court then stood for a minute of silence.The Janesboro native, who entered the legal world later in life after graduating from UCC as a mature student, represented many notable defendants over his career and was well known for giving everyone a “fighting chance no matter their background” in a trait that made him one of the most well known solicitors in Limerick.More recently, Mr Devane had suffered a number of health setbacks but in 2016 returned to work after an 18 month stint recovering from a number of medical conditions.Despite his medical setbacks, Mr Devane was always upbeat and ready to do battle in court where he loved the cut and thrust of the law and a trait, amongst many, he will be remembered by his friends and colleagues alike.Citing many successes that Mr Devane had in the courts, many at a time when the odds were stacked against him in “taking on City Hall, to coin the phrase”, John O’Sullivan BL said on Tuesday that Mr Devane’s passing was a source of great sadness, “as in reality we thought he was getting better.“A lot has been said about Mr Devane, but I would like to mention a few things and of course most notably, that he was a busy solicitor in Limerick and that is important not to forget.After an apprenticeship with John Hayes solicitor, “John went out on his own and would be remembered for bounding in to the circuit court in the old Red Church with the exuberance of a less experienced practitioner possibly.“It was before the late Judge Sean O’Leary who was indeed kind to John and understood that his enthusiasm was not yet tempered.Mr O’Sullivan went on to note that the late solicitor referenced the important role of the judiciary in his book Nobody Heard Me Cry, and the court process which he was always very respectful of”.The State prosecution counsel recalled the notable and “seminal” cases won by John Devane, a number of which “show the clear proof of his success as they made their way in to the law reports.“The solicitors role is often more important that than that of the barrister and when John instructed counsel he did so for the benefit of his clients and would be willing to pursue a case to the highest court in the land if required.“He was fearless and he had a tendency to mild mischief, but always respectful and acted cognisant in the administration of justice.“Yes, John was well thought of at the bar”, Mr O’Sullivan said.Mr O’Sullivan said that John was proud of his family connections and that his father was a native Dingle.“John was proud of that and took great fun that they are connected to Gregory Peck”, a remark which drew a smile from those gathered in Limerick Circuit Court.Mr O’Sullivan said that “we could not forget how John handled the complex series of illness and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.“He dealt with illnesses and disabilities with his characteristic of tenacity. John just kept going and ‘the show must go on’ was his motto.Expressing condolences to Mr Devane’s family, John O’Sullivan said that the late solicitor was “always ably aided by his wife Julieann.“I think of his courage and tenacity in later years his good humour and the man with that twinkle in his eye.”Solicitor Darach McCarthy said that he “found it very hard to stand before the court to speak of John due to the sadness his passing brought.“He was a massive character and no words could fill the gap in what we have to endure now over the coming weeks and months ahead.“John Devane was a unique advocate of the law and in his absence things will be less colourful.John often spoke off the cuff and sometimes that worked to his advantage but it was his ability to do that allowed him to battle to the end.John Devane took on all clients and “never judged anyone, that wasn’t his job.“He will be missed and we will think of with a smile”, Mr McCarthy said.Judge O’Donnell said that Mr Devane, whom he knew from his days sitting at Limerick District Court, “ploughed a lone furrow as a colourful and sometimes controversial character while his passing will create a void in the legal fabric of Limerick.Mr Devane is survived by his wife Julieann, daughters Jemma and Jessica, brother of the late Tony and Michael, sisters Márie, Áine, Joan and Paula and will be laid to rest after noon Requiem Mass this Thursday at St Brendan’s Cemetery, Milltown, Dingle, Co Kerry. 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Dirt don’t hurt – too much

first_imgBy Betsy Hart So – my house is just “healthy”? That’s the hopeful conclusion I’ve come to after reading recent news reports that a little dirt may be good for kids. It seems allergies in children, from mild reactions to dust to life-threatening responses to peanuts and other foods, have skyrocketed in recent years. Could it be, at least in part, because we are too clean for our own good? Well, more and more evidence says yes. As Dr. Marc McMorris of the University of Michigan explained it to me, the problem may be that our immune systems were made, generally speaking, to look for a fight. Or at least a job to do. But in an increasingly sanitized America, with ever less dirt and fewer parasites to fend off, our immune systems may be compensating by instead “fighting off” what should be benign substances, like those found in certain foods. Or way overreacting to things it has little practice appropriately managing anymore, like dust. It’s probably no accident that homes with three or more kids – loaded with bacteria to keep children’s immune systems busy – are far less likely to have children with allergies. Moms and Dads, it may be time to step away from the hand sanitizer. This is welcome news for me. With one mom, 4 young kids, two cats and a dog, my home can be a mess. OK, a germ factory. I just don’t have time to flip out if my kids swipe a fallen cookie off the floor, I resolve to see through the dust when I have to, and I confess I don’t typically bother to make my kids wash up before dinner because four kids at a sink would take forever and they’d probably just start fighting anyway. It turns out I may be accidentally doing my kids a favor. As FoxNews put it, it’s not necessarily a good thing that “some homes have become shrines to hygiene.” They sure weren’t talking about mine. Anyway, while cleanliness is fine, I have to wonder – is the cultural trend toward wrapping our kids in anti-germ bubble gear part of a larger move of protecting our kids in ways which might leave them more vulnerable in the end? And so our modern, incredibly protected playgrounds are incredibly boring. And the kids know it. They naturally take greater risks to overcome the new safety measures, which is probably why playground injury reports have remained relatively constant for decades. Meanwhile, we parents so irrationally fear child-abduction relative to real risk – true stranger “kidnapping” happens a little over 100 times year, and America has seventy-five million kids – that we trail our children everywhere. No wonder children’s free play is more and more a thing of the past and truly serious weight problems (something we don’t fear nearly enough) are a thing of the present. And when it comes to protecting our children from every conceivable disappointment or frustration, today’s parents excel. Look, I worry about my kids. I’m happy for bicycle helmets and seat belts and sex-offender laws. Yes, I know reasonable hand washing is a good way to ward off infection. I don’t let my younger kids go to the neighborhood playground without an older friend or sibling to keep an eye on them (though not because I fear abduction, but because I need a “runner” to keep me informed – either in the likely event my kids misbehave, or in the unlikely event they fall and actually hurt something). I’m all for plain old common sense, which means I’m getting ready to worry a lot more during the teen years. I also accept that life is risky. Period. And, I believe that there is a real risk, a cost, along with all the benefits, to being so fearful, overprotective and “safety-first” when it comes to our children. In countless ways I think we modern parents, and our culture in general, are infusing into our kids a spirit of fear about their world, instead of a spirit of optimism, resilience and joy in facing its challenges. Now, that just can’t be healthy. Betsy Hart, author of the forthcoming It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting is Hurting Our Kids – and What to Do About It, wrote this column for Scripps Howard News Service. Her e-mail address is [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

OSU Signs Two Junior College Prospects as Mid Year Enrollees

first_imgOklahoma State officially signed two junior college players on Wednesday – both of which are expected to enroll at OSU for the spring semester.Larry Williams – Offensive TackleWilliams is a 6-5, 339-pound beast who began his career at East Carolina, and has played the last season with Hutchinson Community College, where he recently earned junior college all-american honors. Williams could be an early contributor in Stillwater, and the Cowboys could certainly use his experience and size to bolster things up on the interior. Williams played tackle for Hutch, but at East Carolina was seen as a virtual lock to start at guard before his dismissal. The Cowboys could definitely use someone of his size at the guard position, with Crabtree and Salako holding down the tackle spots. But his versatility and experience playing both positions is an added bonus.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Malik Kearse – CornerbackKearse has been a long-time commit to the Cowboys, committing in February and staying true throughout the process. Kearse is a 6-1, 175-pound defensive back who played this season with Fort Scott Community College. Kearse was an under the radar prospect due to an injury that hurt his prospects toward the end of his senior season, but he could also be an impact player early in his career with his experience and success at the junior college level.The third junior college commitment is Tralund Webber – a defensive end from Blinn College. Gopokes.com reports that Webber will be a May graduate, and will join the program following his graduation.last_img read more