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Patrick Dunne from Loughan, Moynalty, is believed to have knocked on the window of the home of his former partner in Townspark, Navan, and said “I love you” before setting himself on fire.
Horrified residents used buckets of water and towels as they attempted to save his life. However, despite the frantic efforts of locals to quench the flames, Dunne was later pronounced dead at Our

Lady’s Hospital, Navan, after suffering severe burns.

It is understood the horrific incident was witnessed by a number of children. Gardai have described the incident as a personal tragedy. 

Meath Chronicle

Mormons in Sligo
THEY are young with neat haircuts, white shirts, ties and a friendly demeanor. They are Mormon Missionaries who travel the globe to preach for their church.

Twenty-year-old Shaun Walker from Orem, Utah is in Sligo. He left behind his family and college life to take up a mission that will last for two years.  He arrived in Sligo five weeks ago and intends to stay for six months.

There are about 20 Mormons in Sligo, a far cry from the millions of followers Worldwide.
"In Utah some 50 percent of the population belongs to our church," Walker says.

Most of the younger members apply to go on a mission.

"You submit your application and you go through about four or five interviews before being accepted. You are then assigned to a mission and mine was Sligo,” he said.

"It's a volunteer role. We pay to come out on mission. My parents helped to pay for my mission here." 

All missionaries have to pay €10,000 before they can go. "It's a matter of saving up.  Many save money from part-time jobs such as in restaurants," Walker says.

The missionaries, referred to also as elders, observe what many would regard as a strict life.
Walker gets up at 6:30 a.m. each day and exercises for half an hour.

Study of the Mormon bible follows before he carries out church work.  He's in bed by 10:30 every night.

He is limited to contacting his parents just once a week by email.  "It was difficult at first but I've got used to it now. I've been working so hard I've forgotten about myself and home life.  I have left behind a lot but I have learned so much being a missionary,” he says.

"I've helped so many people. I see my time in Sligo as a blessing. When I applied I only dreamed of being assigned to somewhere as exciting and full of history as Ireland. I am so very excited to be here and to learn more about the culture and people.

"I want to share this message with anyone who will listen.” 

This involves stopping people in the street for a chat.

"We just stop and talk. In one afternoon we could talk up to 100 people.  We wear our name badges so a lot of people recognize us but many have never even heard of us,” Walker says.

"Many don't want to talk about religion at all, others might chat for 10 or 15 minutes.

"One or two might give us their number and address so we can call to their house later for a chat. Many just want to talk about their problems.”

The Sligo Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is located at Pearse Road.  There's a Sunday service at 11 a.m.  They have about 20 active members in Sligo.

There are four Mormon missionaries in Sligo at present, including a retired couple.

The Sligo Champion