Horrific Limerick nightmare draws to a close for those left behind

first_imgTwitter TAGSAskeatonJulia Holmeslimerickthomas ruttle Previous articleLimerick inquest told of suicide pact as past caught up with fraudsterNext articleFestival of fire and water Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival NewsHorrific Limerick nightmare draws to a close for those left behindBy Staff Reporter – April 29, 2016 1102 Facebook Advertisement Email Linkedincenter_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Pauline Knight speaking to the Media at Newcastle West Court House after in inquest into the death of Thomas Ruttle and Julia Holmes in Askeaton, Limerick in 2015Picture Credit Brian Gavin Press 22THE HORRIFIC nightmare that two teenage boys woke up to on May 18, 2015 is finally at an end after details of the gruesome circumstances surrounding their father’s death in Limerick were read out at a coroners court.Ian Knight (18) and his brother Kelvin (15), sat side by side at Newcastle West coroner’s court during the inquest hearing into the deaths of Thomas Ruttle and his partner Julia Holmes.Coroner, Antoinette Simon said she hoped the hearing would bring closure to the two boys and the extended family.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Their father’s death had become a national obsession after his body was found alongside that of the serial fraudster who had seemingly coerced him into ending his life in a bizarre suicide pact that she felt was the only way to bring an end to the international police hunt that was closing in on her.How the well regarded Thomas Ruttle, a gifted carpenter, mechanic and beekeeper, ended up with Julia Holmes is still a mysteryShe had up to 40 known aliases. She served time in a US penitentiary. She was the subject of an FBI probe. She was on the PSNI wanted list after she jumped bail on an £18,000 fraud and the Gardai were also on her trail.The manner in which the Ruttle and Knight families endured their own nightmare was a testament to their dignity and decency.Intimate details of the life and death of Thomas Ruttle were laid bare in the cold surrounds of a West Limerick courthouse.Julia Holmes may have died alongside Thomas Ruttle, but she was very much on her own in the memory of those she left behind. There was no one to claim her remains. No family members attended the inquest in to her death.They were left behind when she abandoned her only son 40 years ago when he was just an infant.Speaking after the coroner’s verdict, the grandparents of Mr Ruttle’s teenage sons said they hoped the inquest may bring some sort of closure to what has been an horrific period in their lives.Ted and Pauline Knight, whose daughter Lian was previously in a relationship with Thomas Ruttle, said they hoped their grandsons would be able to rebuild their lives.“I think they were in shock and today I think clarified a lot of stuff for them. I think now they understand things a little better than they did I think, and they can get on with their lives now,” Mr Knight said.The couple, who ran a marina in Dromineer, Co Tipperary, described Thomas Ruttle who previously worked for them, as a “quiet man”.“He was a carpenter and he was a mechanic and he had wonderful hands. He was a very quiet unassuming man – an absolute gentleman,” he said.When asked how Mr Ruttle had been taken in by Julia Holmes, he replied: “They owed a lot of money, we hear that, we don’t know”.He said they never met Julia Holmes “thanks be to God”.It is understood that Mr Ruttle had become estranged from his family when he began his relationship with the 63-year-old fraudster.“We never wanted to meet her,” they said.Leaving the court house the grandparents said their focus was now on their grandsons and helping them close what has been undoubtedly a very difficult chapter in their young lives.“Hopefully this will close it for them”, Mr Knight said. WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Inspired to action, eager to serve

first_img 110 first-years spent a month implementing their own public service projects A summer of helping A SPARK of an idea Harvard’s virtual campus created an opportunity to make the First-Year Day of Service a first-ever Global Day of Service. On Saturday in communities all over the globe, more than 850 students, faculty, staff, and alumni worked with community partners on a variety of virtual volunteer projects. Each team of 10 volunteers paired with one of almost 40 community partners, including the City of Boston Census Outreach, the Coronavirus Visualization Team, Feeding America, the Open Environmental Data Project, and the Smithsonian Institution.“Students organized voter registration drives across the U.S., developed and reviewed eco-justice course curriculum with our colleagues at the Chan School of Public Health, provided immigration and asylum resources through our partnership with Immigration Help, and created a resource library across all 50 states for victims of domestic violence, among many other projects,” said Travis Lovett, assistant dean of civic engagement and service. “Our College mission to educate citizens and citizen-leaders has never been more urgent. I’ve been so inspired by the resiliency of our staff, students, and community partners to stay focused on how we can help our neighbors and serve community needs.”Some volunteers collaborated with the American Repertory Theater, Office for the Arts, and artist-activist Sara Porkalob to help build skills and connections among younger art activists. Thirty to 50 volunteers working with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts developed customized outreach materials for hurricane season shelters and blood drives, and some of these volunteers created comfort kits for veterans.Simar Bajaj ’24 helped lead almost 20 volunteers in a partnership with the American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative, a nonprofit organization composed of physicians, students, and advocates raising awareness for lung cancer and lung cancer screening.,“The Global Day of Service offered the opportunity for us at the American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative to connect with other individuals passionate about public health advocacy,” Bajaj said. “We called and emailed nearly all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in order to ask them to co-sponsor a bipartisan resolution, recognizing and supporting the goals of lung cancer awareness month. Given that only about 4 percent of individuals at high risk of developing lung cancer are screened, the most rewarding part of the Global Day of Service was the knowledge that what we were doing would genuinely save lives.”This year’s Day of Service comes at a time of urgent need for many organizations and nonprofits hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Take Cambridge Local First. The network of locally owned businesses that works to build a strong local economy and community looked to the students to help with research on how individual Cambridge businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.“Today, our constituency, these business owners, are facing an existential crisis. Estimates suggest that 40 percent of our local businesses will fail to reopen following this crisis and an additional 25 percent within the year,” said Theodora Skeadas ’12, M.P.P. ’16, the executive director of Cambridge Local First. “This is, and will be, particularly devastating for our vulnerable businesses. Harvard’s Global Day of Service comes at a pivotal time in Cambridge’s local business history.”Sean Schofield is a volunteer recruiter for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, a Day of Service partner. He said Saturday’s effort was one “of empowerment” in this pandemic. He worked with students to attract volunteers in critical positions in both virtual and in-person roles in all five areas of Red Cross services: blood, armed forces, disaster cycle, international, and training. “The outcome [of the pandemic] is a reassessment of what is important and how our ideals and actions can be in sync. Consequently, we have become more innovative than ever and more eager to serve.” — Varsha Ghosh, director of student engagement and leadership at the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship Related Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce center_img “COVID-19 has turned all of our worlds upside-down, but both disasters and health issues continue on. We need everyday people to help our mission, but first, they need to know there is a need,” he said. “So many of the activities we once took for granted have been taken away from us during the pandemic. While the Red Cross is active all over the world, here in the U.S. we are still responding to the wildfires in the west, the derecho in Iowa, Hurricane Laura in the Gulf. Our blood products are still saving the lives of people who are facing life-threatening illnesses. The Global Day of Service will help bring attention to these ongoing challenges, with actionable steps to make a real difference. There are silver linings in every difficult situation. This event is surely one of those examples.”Some service volunteers worked for Voters Choose, a youth-led national organization supporting election reform, with the goal of reaching 3,000 to 7,000 potential voters in Tustin, Calif.“Every member of Voters Choose has arrived at our organization with a passion for public service and a history of contributing to events like the Day of Service. I myself had a blast at the 2016 Day of Service as a freshman, because it affirmed the value and impact of community in my life,” said Brandon Martinez ’20, president of Voters Choose. “Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) does a stellar job with this event because it roots service in empathy, an openness to listen, and teamwork. The happy irony of the Day of Service is that it teaches you to make public service a practice.”The day’s schedule included direct service and volunteer work, three crash courses on persuasive writing, lessons on leadership frameworks and advocacy work, and a final community-wide discussion on racial equity work led by Julie Reuben, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at the Graduate School of Education, and the faculty director for the Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship at the College. Harvard to help track the virus Program for incoming first-years offers an opportunity to sample public service “The pandemic has highlighted socioeconomic disparities and barriers to access and opportunity in stark ways,” said Varsha Ghosh, director of student engagement and leadership at the Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship. “The protests for racial justice have been a wake-up call for some and an opportunity to recommit to social change for others. The outcome is a reassessment of what is important and how our ideals and actions can be in sync. Consequently, we have become more innovative than ever and more eager to serve.”last_img read more

Police investigating death in Osgood

first_imgOSGOOD, Ind. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department along with the Osgood Police, the Indiana State Police, and the Ripley County Corner’s Officer are investigating a death in Osgood.According to Police on Sunday, police responded to a 911 call regarding a male who was possibly deceased.When personnel arrived, they found Scott Manis Sr., 50, and declared him deceased on the scene.An autopsy was performed on Monday, but the results have not been released.last_img

Syracuse struggles to make shots in 2nd loss in 24 hours, 80-65 to No. 13 Oregon

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK — For the last 4:15 of Friday’s first half, Syracuse didn’t score.SU’s half concluded with a missed 3 from Tyus Battle, an Elijah Hughes charging foul, a missed 3 from Oshae Brissett, another missed 3 and a giveaway by Hughes in the lane as the buzzer sounded.Oregon went on a 12-0 run while the Syracuse offense couldn’t put any points on the board. Much like last season, the biggest issue for the Orange became simply making shots.“When the ball doesn’t go in the basket, it makes things very difficult,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Very difficult.”Two days ago, Syracuse was undefeated. The Orange had dispatched two mid-major opponents in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome. But after Friday evening, two losses in two days to high-major opposition at Madison Square Garden have changed the feel of SU’s early season in less than 24 hours.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second of the two losses came for No. 15 Syracuse (2-2) at the hands of No. 13 Oregon (3-1), 80-65, in MSG on Friday. It marks the first 2-2 start for the Orange since 1987-88, a span of 31 seasons. SU’s shooting struggles continued, as the Orange finished with a 35.3 shooting percentage, including 17.9 percent from 3-point range. The Orange attempted 28 3s, more than they’d taken in any game last year, and made five.“We played terrible today. Yesterday we played terrible,” Brissett said. “We can’t let teams out-tough us. We can’t let teams score so easy. We pride ourselves on defense so once that’s not working, offense not working, there’s nothing really to take away from these games.”Syracuse shot 41.7 percent from the floor a season ago. The offense was stagnant at times, settling for isolation plays or pick and roll after pick and roll late in the shot clock. And even in SU’s two wins to start the season, that offense hadn’t disappeared.The Orange shot 38.7 percent against Eastern Washington. That rose to 41.2 percent against Morehead State. In Thursday’s loss to UConn, SU shot 39.4 percent from the field. SU’s offensive approach was supposed to be different this season, with sharpshooters Buddy Boeheim and Hughes joining the fray, along with freshman point guard Jalen Carey to push the pace. So far, it hasn’t been.“When you shoot 5-for-28 (from 3), there’s not much you can say about it,” Boeheim said.MORE COVERAGE: Oregon phenom Bol Bol goes off as No. 15 Syracuse’s interior play slidesOffensive woes and other takeaways from No. 15 Syracuse’s 80-65 loss to No. 13 Oregon Comments There were still late in the shot clock jab step and drive attempts by Battle into traffic. There was still Brissett settling for 3-pointers as the timer wound down, even though he didn’t hit any of his five jumper attempts in the first half. And there was still a slow pace getting over halfcourt, even as the SU deficit widened.Oregon presented a different challenge than Syracuse’s first three opponents: a 2-3 zone. While the Orange is used to that defense, the Ducks play it differently than Syracuse. They matchup more. They look to trap at the top of the defense. The zone forced Syracuse to pass the ball around. There weren’t pick and roll opportunities, or many isolations.“I think tonight we had good 3s,” Boeheim said. “I’d take those. When you don’t make them, you’re not gonna win too many games playing against zones.”But ball movement didn’t solve Syracuse’s issues. Much of the passing came just cycling the ball around the perimeter. Rarely did the Orange find a target at the free-throw line or along the baseline. Part of the problem surely came from 7-foot-2 Oregon center Bol Bol, who made any activity in the middle of the Ducks’ zone tricky. He blocked two shots and affected others, seemingly getting pieces of at least two other balls but not getting block credit. But there also wasn’t urgency from Syracuse to try and penetrate or break down the defense.The ball was thrown down in the short left corner to Paschal Chukwu early in the first half. Perfect for a trap. The Ducks did just that and sent the long-armed Bol to double team. Chukwu had limited space to pass and threw the ball away.“We tried different sets, different movements, different perimeter things, stepping people out, setting ball screens,” Boeheim said. “All of those things. If the ball doesn’t go in, none of that works.”The woes extended to non-pressure moments. Twice, Brissett caught the ball behind the 3-point line and paused. Once in the first half and once in the second half, he rushed his feet and traveled before he had put the ball down. Those were part of a miserable day for the Canadian sophomore, who didn’t make a field goal until less than eight minutes remained in the second half. He shot 1-for-9 from 3-point range.“After looking at (the stat sheet), if I could go back in time, I’d say don’t take any 3s tonight,” Boeheim said.The caveat, as it’s been all season, is the lack of senior point guard Frank Howard, who hasn’t played yet with an injury. But Carey scored 26 on Thursday, showing for most of that game he’s ready. Battle and Brissett are a year older. Hughes is active after sitting out last season. If nothing else, Syracuse’s offense should be a little better.But at Madison Square Garden on Thursday and Friday, it looked a lot like last year. With the step up in opposition for the Orange at the 2K Empire Classic, that wasn’t good enough anymore.“The two teams yesterday and today out-toughed us, and that’s something that we can’t have,” Brissett said. “Coach told us that they were gonna come at us like that, but we kind of took them for granted, and it showed out there on the court.” Published on November 16, 2018 at 6:38 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more