Villagers: Letters to the editor 2006-11-23

The delinquent state that oppressed Irish children in institutional care is alive and well and is still denying justice to its former child victims. During his lifetime, one such victim, Peter Tyrrell, could not get justice in Ireland. He couldn't even get a hearing of his complaints. He took his life in despair after being betrayed by Ireland's bleeding-heart do-gooders in whom he had misplaced his trust.

'RTÉ is my mammy'

Viewers love him and he's a decent, hardworking journalist, but RTÉ's habit of parachuting Charlie Bird in to all the big stories rankles with some of his colleagues. Emma Browne profiles the veteran news correspondent.

The return of 'Big D'

Darren Clarke's flamboyant style has been missed on the competitive circuit since his wife died of cancer. He returns to action for the Ryder Cup, where he will battle his friend Tiger Woods. By Arthur Sullivan.


Electric ambition

As Oxegen struggles to recover from bad press, John Reynolds' Electric Picnic festival is set to be the gig of the summer. By John Byrne


The Live Mike

After over 10 years of succesful property dealing and 40 years of broadcasting, Mike Murphy, 65 this year, talks to John Byrne about his successes and his regrets, his memories of Terry Wogan and Dermot Morgan, and the autobiography he wishes he never wrote.


Gardaí investigate Oxegen rape allegtion

Gardaí are investigating an allegation that a woman was raped at the Oxegen music festival at Punchestown in July this year. The woman reported the incident to gardaí from Naas Garda station.

Lady Luck

Nina Carberry is considered one of Ireland's most promising horse racers due to her physical strength, her racing brain and her soft touch with the fillies. She races in this week's Galway Races. Profile by John Byrne

All night parties and booze at Punchestown

There people were killed on the way back from the Oxegen music festival over the weekend of 7-9 July. They may have been afflicted with an exhaustion that devoured most who attended. By Nóirín Byrne