Loughgall families ‘were not aware’ of HET report findings

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THE sister of a Dungannon IRA man who was shot dead during an attack on Loughgall police station more than 30 years ago, says her family have not been made aware that a report by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) into his death and the deaths of eight others on that night, has been completed.

Mairead Kelly, sister of Patrick Kelly, was speaking following a newspaper article which claimed that the HET investigation had concluded that the IRA unit opened fire first in the incident in 1987.

The other IRA men who died that night were Declan Arthurs, 21; Seamus Donnelly, 19; Michael Gormley, 25; Eugene Kelly, 25; James Lynagh, 31, Patrick McKearney, 32 and Gerard O’Callaghan, 29.

A civilian, Anthony Hughes, was also killed during the incident.

According to the newspaper report, the PSNI Historical Enquiries Team found the SAS was within its rights to shoot the men.

The brother-in-law of Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff wife was one of those killed.

The West Tyrone MLA, commenting on the news article, said: “The first thing to say is that the eight IRA Volunteers killed at Loughgall were much loved by their families and by the communities from which they came. Likewise Anthony Hughes.”

Mr McElduff continued: “The men killed at Loughgall were victims of a British Government policy of Shoot-to-Kill. Nobody believes that the British Army unit were sent into Loughgall that evening to arrest anybody. They were sent there to kill the IRA unit and that is what they did. If the HET try and put forward a different theory it will say more about that groups credibility than anything else.

“The families of those killed at Loughgall deserve the truth. They do not deserve continuing cover-up and concealment by the British government or by the HET. The fact that this report was leaked to the media before being given to the families says much about the intent of the HET with regard to this investigation.”

Mairead Kelly said she accepted “fully” that her brother Patrick and the other “IRA men that night were armed”.

However, she questioned the accuracy of the information given in the newspaper report.

“The families are the point of contact with the HET regarding this review,” she said.

“At no stage have the families been told that a report has been completed. As a matter of fact, I have been given assurances that this report is not completed and I have no hint about what is in the report.”

Previously it was reported that the soldiers fired more than 600 bullets with the IRA men firing 70 shots.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the HET found that members of the IRA unit opened fire as they approached the police station.

The HET have refused to comment on the story.

Investigators are believed to have concluded that the IRA members could not have been arrested safely.

It is understood the full findings of the report are due to be released within weeks.

In 2001, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the British government should pay £10,000 compensation to each of the families of the IRA members killed in the Loughgall incident.

Published on Friday 9 December 2011 09:23

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GERRY MCGEOUGH CALLS SINN FEIN LEADERSHIP’S SILENCE ‘A DISGRACE’ A delegation from Sinn Fein met with all the groups in Maghaberry the other day, including independent republican Gerry McGeough. In an ‘extremely robust exchange’ meeting, Gerry strongly criticized the Sinn Fein leadership on their shameful silence reg…arding his situation and accused them of ‘sacrificing him in the interest of their cozy relationship with the DUP’. Gerry further stated ‘ the Sinn Fein leadership’s attitude was in stark contrast to the ordinary membership whose vast and widespread majority members want the party to act on the motion for his immediate release, which was passed at this year’s Ard Fheis’. Gerry also requested that the Sinn Fein leadership ‘demand the immediate arrest and diplock court prosecution of ‘Soldier F’ for the murder of 4 innocent people in Derry on Blood Sunday’. Gerry wants to make it PERFECTLY CLEAR that the ‘SINN FEIN LEADERSHIP IS DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on his behalf, regardless of whatever yarns they are spinning for their own PR purposes’. Gerry would like to thank those Sinn Fein members who have worked tirelessly on his behalf, as well as the AOH in the US and abroad, Radio Free Eireann, Eamon O’Cuiv, the Free Gerry McGeough committee and all those supporters who have openly supported him and his family in this serious miscarriage of justice. Gerry is asking everyone to pull together and speak out about the disgraceful and cowardly silence of the Sinn Fein leadership and to work on his behalf, in unity, for his immediate release.
 
 
McGeough Campaign Will Not Play Head-Games It appears there is another undermining campaign, most likely by British intelligence, to cause division within the Free Gerry McGeough camp. Within the past few weeks, all sorts of rumors have been circulating with the intent to cause friction among active members of this c…ampaign. I just want to say that ‘IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN’. Those supporting Gerry, from all different political and even religious affiliations, are working very hard together to ensure his long overdue release from Maghaberry. We will not be deterred. We will not succumb to unsubstantiated rumors, and we will not play your head-games. Those of us, who choose to support Gerry, stand firm in our commitment to justice not only for Gerry and his family but also for all those wrongly convicted by the British government and their Diplock courts.
 

McGeough’s royal pardon bid delayed

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 SUPPORTERS of a former IRA man jailed for trying to kill a UDR soldier have expressed dismay that his appeal for a royal pardon has been adjourned until December 16. The hearing of Gerry McGeough’s judicial review opened on Thursday, but was adjourned after the judge, Mr Justice Treacy, ruled that the victim, DUP Councillor Samuel Brush should be legally informed of the application.

He directed that Mr Brush should be put on notice of Gerry McGeough’s legal bid to obtain a Royal Prerogative of Mercy. The court should establish if Mr Brush wants to be represented in the case.

McGeough (53) from Brantry, was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this year for shooting Mr Brush in June 1981. McGeough was convicted of attempted murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition and IRA membership.

Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement he is expected to serve only two years of his sentence. His lawyers argue that he should be granted the special mercy warrant to ensure equal treatment with other convicted terrorists who benefited from it. During the full hearing of the case, Mr Justice Treacy was told Mr Brush has not been put on notice of the proceedings.

The case has been adjourned until December 16.

Supporters of Mr McGeough have said that it is now unlikely he will be freed before Christmas. They claim that a decision will be made by mid-January at the earliest.

They called on the authorities to release Mr McGeough and enact legislation to prevent future legal challenges to royal pardons.

Published on Friday 9 December 2011 09:00

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In late October 2004 a smell of oil was noticed at 11, Castle Court, Cookstown. We brought in an engineer who tested the burner, oil tank and all lines between the two and found no evidence for the smell.  This seemed disappear during the spring and summer of 2005 but both of our families when visiting the house commented on a smell of oil in the air, we could not smell it ourselves but had we become tolerant to living in it all the time?  

During the autumn of 2005 the smell returned stronger, on advice we contacted our insurance company Churchill Insurance, then Cookstown District Council Enviromental Heath Department and an independant loss adjuster.  

Shortly afterwards, while we were still living in the property, Stephen Hollinger from AES Marconi Limited, an enviromental specialist agency, employed by Crawford & Co Loss Adjusters, did an extensive site survey of air particle pollution in our home.  When this report was completed Martin & I on advice from Ruairi O’Donnelly from Crawfords Loss Adjusters and Mr. Darren Marks from Claim Solutions  moved out of the property at the beginning of November 2005 as the property was deemed to be uninhabitable and extremely dangerous to human health.

Remidiation commenced on the property in early 2006, completion date was given as September 2006. Our loss adjuster Darren Marks from Claims Solutions explained that the property was fully remediated in late September 2006, but we were to remain out of the property a further six week while soil and air sampling took place.  These samples were taken for three reasons: 1) to estimate how long the contamination of oil had been in the ground (this was for the purpose of insurance as our insurance company who needed to know if they were liable for the remediation costs), 2) to try and locate source and 3) to ensure that all oil had been remediated properly as to prevent this happening again and make the home a safe enviroment to live in.  We found this to be a very stressful time, and were grateful for the involvement of Ms. Geraldine Doogan, who assisted us every step of the way.

We were delighted to return to our home in November 2006 ensured that everything was properly done and the home was again safe to inhabit and trusting the fact that this was the case.

In March 2007 Martin started to feel unwell, which, unfortunately, was only the beginning. Please take time to read the overview of that ongoing journey in the ‘health window’.

Just when you think things cannot get any worse, and as Martin’s health deterioted further, the smell of oil returned to Castle Court.  With a 9 month old baby to consider by then the vacation of the property was swift, AES Marconi came to the property on Friday  3rd of October 2008 and installed a extractor fan under our house.  In October 2008 AES Marconi carried out another air quality assessment and to our dismay we discovered that the contamination seemed to have returned.

A site meeting was held at the house when the results of the assessment were given.  Those in attendance were Mr. Colin Mc Knight from Crawford & Co, Churchill Insurance Loss Adjusters representatives in Northern Ireland,  Ms. Emma Stewart from Cookstown Enviromental Health Department and a local consellor Mr. Tony Quinn.   At this meeting, to our shock and disbelief when pressed Mr. Mc Knight revealed  that the source of the contamination in 2005/2006 had NEVER been found.  Given the nature of the our now situation and the extent of the remediation two years previously this came as a great dissappointment to us both and our reaction was that we would not return to the property until the source of the contamination was found, I explained that “I did not care if the source was in the Sperrin Mountains they would have to find it”, to this he replied that “he agreed with me” and witnessed by all those present.

Christmas 2008 saw the first of two air sampling surveys conducted at 11, Castle Court, White Young & Green (WYG) Limited, instructed by AES Marconi Limited, carried out a bubble test with aparatus set up in the living room, the kitchen, the downstairs toilet and upstair main bedroom.  In the New Year these results determined the property was safe to live in.  

Two months passed with no confirmed return date to the property, during which Martins health got to the point that his immune system was on the verge of collapse and he was no longer able to work.  

On the 25th April 2009, Geo Whiteford Services, under the instruction of Crawford & Co, Churchill Loss Adjusters, carried out another air sampling survey.  Results were not immediately made available, only when questioned on 23rd June 2009, Crawfords revealed that the house was safe to return to.  Rent had not been paid for June for our rented accommodation, although we had several confrontations with our landlord regarding late rent payments the rent always was paid, however, Crawfords thinking we had returned home at the beginning of the month refused to pay the rent for June and told us to return to our home immediately as rent for June would not be paid, however, through consultation with Colin Mc Knight rent for June was agreed.

This, however, did not calm our fears, we felt that no matter how many air sampling tests were carried out our home was not safe without our inital concern of the source being found not dealt with.  At this time we had no option but to contact Churchill Insurers directly.  Our inital correspondence was greated with sympthy but we were told that we could carry out other surveys but at our own expense.  On 6th July 2008, Martin contacted Rebecca Rodgers, our case consultant, threatening to expose the procedures undertaken thus far by all parties into the public domain.  She expressed her concern and promised to review the case, we were then told that Questgates Limited would become the new loss adjusters acting on their behalf, and the new remediators would be RAW Consultants.  How strange????

This is were the plot thickens, on extensive examination of the property  oil was discovered.  On speaking to Brian Doyle, of RAW Consultancy, we were astonished to learn of the extent of the contamination both in, what he called, “new oil” and “old oil”. At last, someone had listened to our plight and it was discovered that we were quite right not to move back home. What a disaster we averted.

During this procedure from July 2009 to the present date, we have found all concerned with the case i.e Rebecca Rodgers, Churchill Insurers, David Waller, Questgates Limited and Brian Doyle, RAW Consultants very professional in every way.  The same however cannot be said for Nolene Mc Kenna, Crawford & Co or Colin McKnight, Crawford & Co or Enviromental Health Department, Cookstown District Council who have been obstructive and unhelpful thoughout the nine month period from October 2008 – June 2009.  

Crawford & Co have been asked to supply the test results from the previous spill in 2005/2006 to aid Martins medical investigation and to help to understand the history of the property, to date, despite legal and personal intervention these results have not been forthcoming, affectively leading to Martins medical treatment being stopped in December 2009 as no diagnosis can be given without this critical information.  You cannot help but wonder what have they got to hide?  

Up to date now, on 25th February 2010, Rebecca Rodgers @ Churchill Insurers contacted Martin and explained that 11, Castle Court, would be available to return to as of 31st March 2010 as remediation was almost complete and that rent would not be paid to our landlord beyond this date.  When Martin expressed his deep concern regarding the issue of source (which has not yet been determinded for a second time) and that returning to the property while this still was a mystery would not be considered, Ms Rodgers asked him was he going to live with relatives if we were not returning home.  This is the second time this pressure has been put on us a family, with Eoin who is only 2 years old, Martin with ill heath and no solutions, how do they expect us to return home without the guarantee that this will not happen a third time, remembering that we trusted the first time, only to be moved out a second, do they really expect us to trust a second time and be moved a third time?????

On the reading this we hope that you can see that this has been a traumatic experience for us.  We cannot believe, on looking back, that our home has been destroyed twice, our lives devastated twice, and now they expect us to return to the property with no guarentee that it might happen to us a third time????

We would value your opinion, put yourselves in our shoes and tell us what would you do next?

This family have been enduring years of mistreatment and misery due to corporate greed. The last 6 years have seen them put out of their home, so they could tear it apart to extract oil from the grounds and foundations. Then moved back in to discover 2 years later that they had never found the source (despite a year of tearing up their home and garden), hadn’t cleared it out properly, hadn’t sealed the foundations (despite expert recommendations), and moved this family back in fully aware of the chance of reoccurrence and the potential health risks. 

This time risk and potential became reality and horror… now out of their home for the second time for two and a half years now, it has been an horrific ordeal that has seen Martin’s health decline drastically with multiple illnesses been dismissed one after the other leaving one very definite suspected cause – TOXIC POISONING! It gets worst, the reason that this remains only ‘suspected’ is due to the refusal of Churchill and their corporate associates to release soil samples from the site that is crucial for confirmation of Martin’s condition, the treatment needed and his ability to pursue help through the NHS. Why would they refuse to release these despite being asked repeatedly? Could it be they are hiding something? Could it be that the sample contains exactly what is suspected – proof of the level of toxicity present in this house that they assured a family was safe to live in and proof of their neglect and disregard for the welfare of these people. Have they deliberatly decided to put their wealth before his health!?

Now unable to work and unable to pursue support because of the unbelievable circumstances he finds himself in Churchill may believe they have him exactly where they want him… time for an offer bordering on the ridiculous which he is told is non-negotiable and furthermore CHURCHILL WILL NOT SUPPORT HIS RENTED HOUSE UNTIL HE ACCEPTS IT! If that is not BLATANT BULLYING what is? Now on the brink of homelessness at the discretion of a landlord who is put in the incredibly unfair position of keeping a roof over Martin, his wife and young child’s head at his cost or putting them on the street because of bullying tactics by the corporate hounds.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Show your support for this family and their hardships here and in the upcoming campaign for justice and fair treatment of these local people! Don’t let the Corporate Bullies get away with this blatant disregard and abuse of their life, home and happiness…

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This account of Martin Wallace health issues follow his family being moved out of their home in November 2005 due to oil contamination that made it ‘ uninhabitable and extremely dangerous to human health’. They were then moved back in in November 2006 assured that the problem was solved and their home was safe. This however was only the beginning of an horrific ordeal for this family, full details of the ‘ins and outs’ of this home can be read in the ‘home window’.

In March 2007 Martin began to feel unwell with a blockage in his throat, after attending the hospital several times it was discovered that he had raised lymph glands and lymph nodes in his chest.  Martins symptons included difficulty swallowing, cold night sweats, bowel discharge, energy loss leading to extreme fatigue, and a feeling of all day nausea and sickness.  Three possible diagnosises were given at this time Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, TB and Sarcoidosis.  On visiting Mr. Windrum @ Antrim Area Hospital Haematolgy Unit, it was suspected that Martin may have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Martin attended the unit to get bloods taken, weight checked and scans performed.  During this time the lymph glands and nodes in Martins chest did not increase in size so while promising to monitor his condition he forwarded him to Mr. Donnelly of the Respitory Unit in Antrim Area Hospital.  Martins health continued to deterioate with several infections inflicting his everyday life.  While attending Mr. Donnelly, Martin also attended appointments in the Waveney Hospital in Ballymena to see Mr. Valco in the ENT unit.  Also, on the referral of Mr. Donnelly, Martin attended the Gastric Unit of Antrim Area Hospital, under the consultantation of Mr. Byrne, this decision was taken as Martin was still suffering with discharge from the bowel.

Under all these consultants Martin was subjected to several biopsie procedures, these included lung, bowel (upper and lower) and lower intestines.  With Martins already ill health these procedures took their toll and nothing conclusive was discovered.

Just when you think things cannot get any worse, and as Martin’s health deterioted further, the smell of oil returned to Castle Court.  With a 9 month old baby to consider by then the vacation of the property was swift, AES Marconi came to the property on Friday  3rd of October 2008 and installed a extractor fan under our house.  In October 2008 AES Marconi carried out another air quality assessment and to our dismay we discovered that the contamination seemed to have returned.

A joint decision had been made by Martins hospital consultants that the only way to try and get answers to his condition was to open his chest and biopsy his lymph glands and nodes  ‘this procedure was highly intrusive and dangerous but jointly they felt they had no other option as his health continued to decline and his lymph glands had now raised for the second time.  

The procedure carried out in the City Hospital, Belfast under the consultation of Mr. Mc Grath, took place in November 2008.  The results revealed to our delight that Martin did not have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma but had carbon dust present in his lymph glands, Mr. Mahood the consultant asked us if Martin had worked in a coal shed, a smokey bar or anything to do with enviromental toxins.  None of the above could be connected, but we were back to square one as his health continued to deteriote.

Christmas 2008 saw the first of two air sampling surveys conducted at 11, Castle Court, White Young & Green (WYG) Limited, instructed by AES Marconi Limited, carried out a bubble test with aparatus set up in the living room, the kitchen, the downstairs toilet and upstair main bedroom.  In the New Year these results determined the property was safe to live in.  

Two months passed with no confirmed return date to the property, during which Martins health got to the point that his immune system was on the verge of collapse and he was no longer able to work.  He also had a further two bowel biopsies, one in the Mid Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt and one a couple of weeks later in Antrim Area Hospital, Antrim to try and establish a reason why he  was still discharging from his bowel, again nothing conclusive was found.  This second procedure reaked havoc on Martin and he was admitted to hospital once more due to complications.

On the 25th April 2009, Geo Whiteford Services, under the instruction of Crawford & Co, Churchill Loss Adjusters, carried out another air sampling survey.  Results were not immediately made available, only when questioned on 23rd June 2009, Crawfords revealed that the house was safe to return to.

This, however, did not calm our fears, we felt that no matter how many air sampling tests were carried out our home was not safe without our inital concern of the source being found not dealt with.

When Churchill were spoken to directly and the possibility of bringing the ordeal into the public domain was raised they re-opened the investigation but with an entirely different loss adjusters and remediators. Who found what they referred to as ‘new oil’ and ‘old oil’ and contamination that meant the house was NOT SAFE to move back in.

Crawford & Co have been asked to supply the test results from the previous spill in 2005/2006 to aid Martins medical investigation and to help to understand the history of the property, to date, despite legal and personal intervention these results have not been forthcoming, affectively leading to Martins medical treatment being stopped in December 2009 as no diagnosis can be given without this critical information. You cannot help but wonder what have they got to hide?

Martin’s health issues are still ongoing, samples still have not been provided to aid in his treatment. All of these health issues, the cause of which seem to be obvious, combined with the unbelievable stress are unthinkable to inflict on any human being in the name of saving money and avoiding responsibilities.

by Martin Wallace

  • THIS GROUP WAS SET UP TO HIGHLIGHT A TERRIBLE WRONG.

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The unbelievable mistreatment of the Wallace family from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone at the hands (or greedy paws!) of Churchill Insurance and their parent company RBS. This family are now left without a home, serious health problems and an horrific 6 years all at the hands of Churchill Insurance. For the full unbelieveable story please visit the webpage: www.justiceformyfamily.com

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Neil Lennon opens up to shine a light on his darkest days in the depths of depression (Telegraph)

Neil Lennon opens up to shine a light on his darkest days in the depths of depression (Telegraph)

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In the gathering gloom outside Celtic Park a few bystanders stoically endure the sting of a December wind as it flays their faces like a South African policeman’s sjambok. In the manager’s office, by contrast, the atmosphere is calm and contemplative.

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The blind is drawn and the desklamp casts a benevolent glow while Neil Lennon revisits the darkness that once enfolded him. His encounter with depression was first revealed in his 2006 autobiography Neil Lennon – Man and Bhoy – but the subject has swum back into focus within the game of late.

The renewed interest was triggered partly by Gary Speed’s possible suicide but also by the disclosure that – as a consequence of the booklet about depression sent by the PFA to 4,000 players and 10,000 former players – at least 10 footballers had contacted the association to ask for help. The booklet cites Lennon as a sufferer who learned to manage his condition.

Professional football is, of course, an exceptionally daunting context in which to admit to personal concerns about mental health.

Speaking to this correspondent, in part for an interview that was broadcast on BBC 5 Live Sport last night, the former Leicester City, Celtic and Northern Ireland midfielder grimaced as he recollected “the flatlining of your emotions, the way the colour disappears from everything” and the occasions when he felt utterly isolated within an intensely competitive world.

“It’s a very macho environment, obviously,” said Lennon. “You don’t want to give anything away and in that environment you have a group of highly charged men who might take the mickey out of you or who might look on it as a sign of weakness.

“Yet, it’s the exact opposite actually. Some of the strongest, most intelligent, most driven individuals in history have suffered from depression.

“It was part of my make-up, whether it be genetic or not and something that I’ve come to terms with and something I’ve been able to deal with a lot better since I’ve been able to talk about it.

“It’s a conflict of feeling. It is a struggle. It’s an illness that often doesn’t manifest itself to the naked eye, but it’s there. It can give you physical symptoms and certainly it plays tricks with your mind, so I’m pleased the PFA are willing to help.

“I would implore anybody else out there – footballers or not – if you are struggling or feeling depressed – please go and speak to someone.

“It’s not a case of feeling down. This thing stays with you 24/7 – the low moods, the anxiety, the stress. The beginning of dealing with it is to speak to somebody who can help, because that halves the problem right away.”

The tendency of sufferers to diminish their difficulties – usually with the observation that others have their own troubles – can trigger sudden awareness of being trapped in a deep hole with no obvious way out.

“Yes – and the other thing about it is that there’s always been a stigma with depression,” said Lennon. “I remember when Stan Collymore – who was one of the first high-profile guys to come out with it – I scoffed at it. I thought, ‘All right, you feel down’.

“People say, ‘Go and have a rest’, but you take it with you within your mind and body. The best way I have found to cope with it over the years is talk about it, get professional help and if you have to take a tablet that suits you then do it because it’s a fantastic feeling when you come out the other side of it as well. It’s a place you don’t want to go to again.”

The revelation for Lennon was to discover that many familiar faces had concealed the pain of their own suffering from him.

“When I was diagnosed I started telling a few of my close friends. They actually came to me and said, ‘Well, look, I kept this from you but I was depressed as well.’

“It’s such a common thing. You feel you don’t want to burden other people with your problems, but particularly with a loved one you can do that, because they want you to get better as quickly as possible.

“Please don’t hide away from it. Don’t go and lock yourself in a room because that won’t help. And certainly try to avoid alcohol as well, because – before I realised what I was going through and I couldn’t sleep at night – I would take a couple of beers to relax me.

“In the morning it was compounded. I was feeling worse. So all these things are part of the education of what the illness is.”

In his autobiography, Lennon disclosed that he has suffered a serious episode before a Champions League qualifier between Celtic and FC Basle in 2002 when, in his hotel room, he was “simply unable to move and in a cold, clammy sweat about the very thought of even putting my feet outside the door, never mind heading out to a football stadium full of exhilarated supporters”.

In that instance he got medication from the club doctor. “When I played with depression it was with me constantly but when I was lucky enough to speak to the club doctor he put it simple terms.

“He said, ‘You’re a player, you’re a footballer. You’ve got depression. Take it as an injury. You’re not 100 per cent but you know that in four or five weeks’ time you’ll be out of the other side of it. Think of it as hamstring strain or something like that and you’ll start feeling better.’

“It’s probably the best advice I’ve ever had about dealing with it.”

In Lennon – Man and Bhoy, he describes the sensation of depression as akin to “wandering like a climber in a dense fog, unaware of what was going on around me and within me, and frankly scared at the intensity of the mental anguish I was suffering”.

Towards the end of our conversation he revealed that, at Celtic Park, he has helped other perplexed sufferers to negotiate the precipices of depression.

“I’ve spoken to younger players at our club who have suffered from it. Like I say, when there’s somebody like myself, Stan Colllymore, Marcus Trescothick or John Kirwan, who, in their field have been quite successful, people can look to them and say, ‘Well, if somebody like that can get it then I’m not immune to it and it can happen to anyone’.”

And with that, Lennon switches off the desk lamp, locks his office door and bids goodnight to the staff in the foyer. As he drives away his car headlights lance through the murk of a Scottish midwinter evening.

It is the man from Lurgan’s hope that, in like fashion, he has illuminated what others believed might be their own impenetrable night.

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Celtic to learn fate at UEFA disciplinary hearing (STV)

Celtic will learn today if they are to be punished by UEFA over a charge of “illicit chanting” by a section of their support.

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The governing body contacted Celtic in November to advise them that the organisation’s control and disciplinary body would consider a charge of an incident of an unsporting nature, namely illicit chanting.

The charge relates to an allegation made by Strathclyde Police that a section of the club’s support sang “offensive songs” during Celtic’s Europa League match against Rennes on November 3.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said: “We can confirm there were a number of instances during the game of singing offensive songs and inquiries are ongoing to detect the offenders.”

UEFA disciplinary regulation 11.2 bans: “the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, in particular if it is of a political, offensive or provocative nature”.

Sanctions available to UEFA if Celtic are found guilty of the charge include a fine or possible ban on supporters, though the club has no previous record and would expect leniency if any decision goes against them.

Following the announcement that UEFA was investigating the match, Celtic issued a statement promising full co-operation. It read: “We have been made aware of this hearing in a letter from UEFA.

“We have not been given any detail on the nature of the alleged incidents and have not received any information on this matter directly from the police.

“Celtic supporters have a magnificent record of positive support for their team, something recognised by both UEFA and FIFA in recent years and we are extremely proud of this reputation.

“Therefore, the club will co-operate fully with any UEFA investigation.”

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Lessons in team building from Switzerland and Cyprus (CQN)

Champions League 2007-08 match between Celtic ...

Living so close to England it’s easy for us to get drawn into the ways and processes which prove effective south of the border.  SPL clubs all scout there, more often than not trying to pick up physically robust scraps discarded by the lower leagues, or troubled souls looking for a sixth chance.  Scottish clubs are full of players who have failed to make the grade in England.

When Motherwell were looking for a manager a year ago I heard one of their directors say they hoped to get someone with experience of the English lower leagues, as this has proven to be an effective place for them to network in the past.

Problems with the neighbours works both ways.  It’s too easy for English clubs to use the loose change part of their budget to scoop up anything that looks like promising talent from the SPL.  While most players will earn well in England, few enjoy the career progression they hoped for.

They do things differently elsewhere.  When was the last time teams from Cyprus or Switzerland badgered an English League Two side for their surplus talent?  Developing football teams is difficult but a good top level plan helps.  One of the most encouraging aspects of Celtic’s top level plan is that it meets criteria that match our place in the world.  Recruit talent from the right markets, at the right age and price.  Some money has been spent in England, but not much, and those who have arrived from there look decent value.

If Celtic are to match the recent Champions League achievements of Basel or Apoel Nicosia, players like Izaguirre, Kayal, Wanyama and Ki, who pitch up in Glasgow from what appears to be beyond the horizon of the English, will be crucial.  Just as those players at Basel and Apoel, they arrived here within an affordable budget and appear to have the talent required to compete at the level Celtic aspires to.

11 years ago we bought Chris Sutton from Chelsea against competition from other FA Premier League clubs.  He was soon joined by others at the peak of their ability and reputation, all relatively low-risk signings.  We had a few years in the sun but it was neither affordable nor sustainable.

We’ll know soon enough if the current crop of players trying to establish a reputation for themselves have what it takes to win the league and compete in Europe. Good top level plans can still fail in execution, but I’d rather this strategy than send my cash down the M6.

Article credits: Paul Brennan (Celtic Quick News)

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