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Teddies Stolen From Grave
The grieving mother of a little girl who lived for one day is heartbroken after teddies were stolen from her daughter’s grave.
Mary McCarthy’s first child, Skylar, died just over 10 weeks ago from congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The Hospital woman and her partner, Anthony, visit Skylar’s grave every Saturday in Kilteely cemetery.
“Last Saturday we went down at 1 p.m. to discover that all her teddies were stolen off the grave,” McCarthy told a radio show.
“We had taken another teddy down with ‘I love you’ written on it,” she added.
They placed that teddy in the graveyard but when they returned at 6 p.m. it was gone as well.
“I was heartbroken. It is just cruel to do something like that. We are very upset over the whole thing,” said McCarthy.
The pain of losing their daughter has been compounded by these thefts, she said.
“She was only a day old. It was very traumatic. We are only coming to the state now that we realize that we don’t have her,” McCarthy said.
“I was told I was having a healthy little baby. I didn’t know anything until after I was sectioned and I was told the baby was critical. It has been awful, we have been through enough.”
There were numerous teddies placed at the grave by the two families, Skylar’s godmother and little cousins.
“Words cannot describe what we are going through and still going through, and will be for the rest of our lives. “It was helping us every Saturday when we used to go down there, and then to realize that all her little teddies were gone. There wasn’t anything touched bar the teddies,” said McCarthy, who thinks it was teenagers that stole them.
Gaza’s Irish Twin
Moyle's twinning arrangement with Gaza has been withdrawn after a Sinn Fein motion calling for support for the region backfired.
The issue unfolded at Moyle District Council's meeting on Monday, November 27, where Sinn Fein’s Colum Thompson highlighted the “renewed indiscriminate air and ground attacks from Israel, into our twin the Municipality of Gaza.” He asked Moyle District Council to express its “total repulsion at these actions and reiterate our solidarity with the besieged people of Gaza.”
This immediately prompted a raft of protests from Unionist councilors led by Robert McIlroy, who said that “we are dealing with terrorists” and “we should not be associated with that.” He called on the council to withdraw from its 'alignment' with Gaza.
Independent councilor Paudie McShane, the architect of the twinning arrangement, said he was “disappointed” by the motion as the twinning was a humanitarian rather than a political gesture. At his request, the Sinn Fein motion was withdrawn.
In spite of protests from the party and McShane, who branded the situation “unbelievable,” a vote to withdraw from the twinning arrangement was then pushed through.
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