Losing a Pet Is More Painful Than Most People Think

Ask any pet owner about their pet and they’ll say how amazing and awesome having a new best friend is


Pets are the perfect company. They’re always happy to see their owners. Whether they’re gone for five minutes or five hours, their pets will be waiting eagerly at the door to welcome them home.

They love playing around and can do tricks and pranks to make everyone laugh. They’re great with kids and will always offer love and care, no matter the situation.

Pets are always there to cheer anyone up and are quick to offer a warm hug and a bit of comfort when it’s needed. Pets are amazing! However, this makes it all the more difficult to say goodbye when the time comes. It’s far more painful than what many people think.

Final Goodbyes

The fact that pets are so amazing and wonderful creatures explains why so many people find it too difficult to say goodbye to their pets when they finally pass away. However anyone looks at it, it’s still the loss of a best friend and loved one. Losing a pet is, and always will be, a traumatic and painful experience for everyone. Many people underestimate the pain felt after losing a dog, cat, parrot, or any other pet for that matter. It’s for this reason that researchers decided to investigate the extent of sorrow owners feel in the aftermath of losing their beloved pets.

Mascota Y El Hombre Pet German Shepherd

How much does it hurt?
To find out the extent to which pet owners were hurt when they lost a pet, researchers decided to set up an investigation. The study was carried out in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Here, researchers questioned pet owners about their feelings after the loss of their pet. It’s no surprise that all the pet owners agreed that the pain has just been too intense and deep to handle.

This isn’t the only research that has been done on this difficult topic either. Hawaiian researchers have also initiated some studies into the pain felt after losing a pet and interestingly, they have even found that the pain after the death of a pet is usually much longer lasting than the pain which is felt after the loss of a loved one. It’s universally agreed by many people that they simply cannot compare the pain that they experience after the loss of their pet to the one after the loss of a loved one. Both hurt very much, but the fact is that pet owners are deeply connected to their pets. So much so that losing them is like losing their soul mate. It’s just too much for the heart to handle.

There’s no doubt about it – the death of a beloved pet is difficult and tough to bare. It’s understandable why so many people say that the pain and hurt is just too much for them. As the owner of a dog myself, I cannot help but think about that dreaded day when my little pooch passes. Just thinking about it is enough to turn my stomach over many times. That day is inevitable but until then, it’s important to have fun with our pets while we still can. Hopefully my dog has many years of life left in her for us to run around and enjoy, as do many of yours! Just take things one day at a time and enjoy it while it lasts.

With many thanks to: Disclose TV for the original story

Óglach Thomas Murphy, aged 22, F Company, 6th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Óglach Thomas Murphy, aged 22.

Murdered in his bed by Black and Tans at ‘The Hotel’, Foxrock Village, on this day 1921.

At the time of his death, Thomas or ‘Tommy’ Murphy, a popular young uilleann-piper, was one of a number of young men active with the local IRA company, a unit made up of men from the Deansgrange, Cornelscourt, Cabinteely and Foxrock districts. By the summer of 1921, several of it’s members had been forced ‘on the run’ and began operating as a full-time ‘flying column’, sleeping rough in stables and sheds and harassing crown forces at any opportunity that presented itself.

Attacks on the local RIC barracks at Cabinteely were numerous. In the dead of night, Volunteers, acting under cover of darkness, would make their way to the village, where they would creep along the empty streets, taking up positions before subjecting the barracks to a sustained attack using rifles and home-made bombs. Just weeks before his death, Thomas Murphy, dressed in a chauffeur’s uniform in order to give the appearance of a British officer, had driven a car at top speed past the barracks while the car’s other two occupants lobbed bombs at the Black and Tan sentries posted outside.

On May 13th, local Volunteer Charles ‘Rodney’ Murphy (no relation) of Deansgrange, scaled a tree in the Brennanstown Road area, using his elevated position overlooking the barracks to snipe at two Black and Tans tending to the gardens in the yard out back. Constable Albert Edward Skeats, a Black and Tan recruit from London, was hit behind the ear and rushed to a hospital in the city, where he lay critically ill. He eventually succumbed to his injuries on May 28th. The night after his death, a party of Tans and RIC returning to their barracks were ambushed at Monaloe cross-roads by Volunteers Jackie Nolan, John Merriman and Billy Fitzgibbon. During a brisk gunfight, one constable was wounded before the Volunteers made their escape across fields.

With one of their number dead and another now seriously injured, tensions inside Cabinteely barracks had reached boiling point. Just before three o’clock in the morning, a party of five Tans, faces blackened with shoe polish, made their way along Brennanstown Road to Foxrock, where they stopped at ‘The Hotel’, a large tenement building that once stood in the centre of the village. It was here that Volunteer Thomas Murphy resided along with his widowed mother and four sisters. As the building was home to several families, the front door was left open, enabling the Tans to make their way inside unnoticed. They then quietly made their way to Thomas’ room before bursting through his bedroom door, waking the startled man from his sleep. One of the intruders asked if he was Thomas Murphy, and when he replied that he was, a shot was fired, hitting the young man through his head, the bullet passing through the wall into the adjacent room. As the intruders left, Thomas’ mother and sisters rushed into the room to find their son in a collapsed state. Despite the best efforts of a local doctor, Thomas died where he lay several hours later.

On June 1st, Thomas’ remains were buried at Deansgrange Cemetery following a military enquiry. In a large funeral cortege, members of the Dublin and South Eastern Railway Company, where Thomas worked as a porter, marched in a body after the hearse. Numerous wreaths were placed over the coffin, which was wrapped in a tricolour flag. Thomas’ IRA comrades supplied a guard of honour and firing party. Three volleys of shots were fired as the coffin was lowered into the grave, before men and arms managed to get safely out of the cemetery through a cordon of British military.

With many thanks to: Sean Larkin, South Derry.

Christina ‘Dina’ Hunter was born in 1901. At the time the Hunter family were living in a one room tenement at number 7 McGuinness Court.

Her father was a coach painter, while her mother, Sarah was a house kepper. They already had a two-year-old son John. They would later move to number 25 Townsend Street, another one room tenement, and the family would expand to include Sarah, Liziebeth and Jane Frances.

Christy and Dina Crothers nee Hunter


Kathleen Lynn.
The Funeral of Thomas Ashe.
Sean Hunter (Johnny).

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1916 Easter Rising Historical Society.
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THE GRIM REAPER – Greysteel psycho is freed from jail….again

Greysteel killer walks free for second time as prison staff tell us “He’s a nasty nutter”





TWISTED Grey steel killer Stephen Irwin is back walking the streets of Ulster, we can reveal. The 40-year-old UFF murderer walked out of Maghaberry Prison on Wednesday, in a shock decision which is certain to cause distress for the families of his eight victims.


Irwin was responsible for one of the darkest days of the Troubles when he walked into the Rising Sun Bar on Hallowe’en night in 1993 armed to the teeth. Wearing a boiler suit and a balaclaver he fired around 44 shots, killing eight innocent people, and even stopped at one stage to replace his magazine clip so he could cntinue his bloody rampage. Last night the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) confirmed Irwin had been released. The Sunday World has learned that Irwin – regarded as a hero within some loyalist circles – was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement for a SECOND time. Irwin – who revelled in the nick-name given to him ‘Stevie Greysteel’ – was released after convincing a panel of Sentence Review Commissioners (SRC) that he was fit to be set free.

The move has shocked senior prison officers who say Irwin is “extremely violent”. Irwin had already been given an undeserved second chance when he was originally released under the terms of the 1998 peace agreement. But the blood-thirsty thug was returned to jail to serve out the remainder of his eight life sentences when he was involved in a vicious knife attack during the Irish Cup Final in 2005. He was given another four years on top for slashing the throat of another football van in a frenzied attack in Windsor Park. But he was told at the time of that court case that even after the four years had been served he would have to convince the SRC that it was safe for him to be set free. It means instead of serving the other eight life sentences Irwin is currently living in the Shankill area of Belfast.



After he was released from prison the first time he refused to return to his home in Co Derry and instead moved into the Shankill because he had fallen in with Johnny Adair and his ‘C’ Company crew inside. There had been speculation within Maghaberry Prison that Irwin had been released on the orders of the Secretary of State, Teresa Villiers. However a spokesperson for the NIO said Ms Villiers had no involvement in Irwin’s release. The spokesperson said: “Mr Irwin applied to the Sentence Review Commissioners (SRC) for early release under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. “The SRC is an independent body and it is for them, not the Secretary of State, to determine prisoners ‘ suitability for release.”The Sentence Review Commissioners determined that Mr Irwin’s application for early release should be granted.” Last night prison sources said officerd in Maghaberry said they were shocked Irwin had been deemed fit for release. “He had a very bad reputation inside the jail,” said the source. “In fact the prison officers used to call him Stevie ‘what the f**k are you looking at ‘ Irwin because that’s usually how he spoke to people. “He was a real nutter, an nasty little piece of work when he was in here and was responsible for a number of assaults. “Nobody could believe it when they heard he was being let out. “And nobody will be remotely suprised when he walks back through the gates at Maghaerry!” The UFF targeted The Rising Sun Bar in Graysteel because it was a Catholic area, however two of the eight people murdered were Protestant. Irwin subsequently bragged to his fellow inmates about how he prepared for his deathly bussiness when he opened fire on drinkers in the pub. The incident became known as the ‘Trick or Treat’ murders because Irwin messed up his speech.


He was supposed to read out a prepared UFF speech but got nervous and shouted ‘Trick or Treat’ instead. A woman in the bar, who thought it was a Hallowe’en prank said, “that’s not funny” and Irwin shot her first. It followed an IRA bomb attack on the Shankill Road in West Belfast just days earlier in which 10 people, including one of the bombers, were killed. One of his accomplices, Torrens Knight, was handed 12 life sentences for his part in the massacre and for his role in the separate murders of four workmen. He too was returned to jail in 2009 for attacking two woman who rowed with him and his wife in a bar. He also applied to the SRC and was released a year later. In 2006 the Sunday World published photos of Stephen Irwin inside the Old Maze prison partying with other loyalists and taking drugs. At the time it had been claimed he had penned a sick poem called ‘The Reaper’ which glorified the Greysteel massacre. His mother had contacted the Sunday World to deny her son had had anything to do with the poem. But we recieved photos of him sitting in his cell with the gruesome poem painted on his cell wall aloneside another of a gravestone with the words Trick or Treat – Rest in Pieces on it. Former inmates told us he bragged about his heinous crimes. “He was very proud of what he did at Graysteel and he showed no remorse at all,” said a former inmate. “He told everyone how he practised for a whole week to change the magazine on his AK-47 so he could re-load and kill as many people as possible,” said the former inmate. “He said he needed to be able to do it in five seconds just in case anyone tried to attack him when the first clip ran out. He said he practised it over 200 times.”

With many thanks to : Steven Moore, Sunday World.

Oglach Jim Bryson and Oglach Patrick Mulvenna who died on Active Service 31 August 1973 R.I.P


The Irish Brigade

Remembering today the deaths of Oglach Jim Bryson and Oglach Patrick Mulvenna who died on active service 31st August 1973 both volunteers were shot during gun battle from concealed British Army observation post while alighting from car, Ballymurphy Road, Ballymurphy, Belfast. Fuair siad bas ar son na saoirse na hEireann


‘I just can’t fathom how anyone could do this in the first instance and then get up the next day and not be wreaked by guilt and rremorse – Stevie Corr

GRIEVING ffamilies have been left “inconsolable” after vandals desecrated graves at a mixed West Belfast cemetery. Headstones and secured statues were smashed during the attack at City Cemetery on the Falls Road where up to 30 graves – including some belonging to children and some with the Celtic football crest – were targeted.

UVF protester desecrating the graves of the late Bobby Sands and Joe McDonnell.

The PSNI on Thursday night said officers would be stepping up patrols in the area around the cemetery. The damage, across a number of sections in the council-operated cemetery, was discovered on  Thursday morning by park staff. While some sites had headstones smashed and sacred statues broken, other mementos around the graves had also been vandalised. At one a birthday card left for a deceased loved one had been heartlessly ripped up. Falls Sinn Fein councillor Stevie Corr, who sits on Belfast City Council‘s Parks & Leisure committee, said he was “disgusted” by what had happened. Mr Corr said that while visiting the cemetery on Thursday he challeneged  a group of drinkers in the graveyard telling them they “needed to leave”. “I am totally disgusted by what’s happened and I just can’t fathom how anyone could do this in the first instance and then be wreaked by guilt and remorse by what they’ve done,” he said.

Mr Corr said damage to the graves of children had been the “most distressing”. He said he came across a mother and daughter on Thursday clearing up a family plot which had been targeted. Mr Corr said the pair were “inconsolable by what happened”. “We need to reinforce that this is a cemetery. This is a sacred place that aanti social elements should not be in,” he said. Mr Corr said he would be speaking to the council about additional security.

The latest vandalism comes on the back of a number of other incidents of antisocial behaviour at the cemetery site including a number of assaults. In November a 13-year-old boy was beaten unconscious by a gang armed with an iron bar as he walked through the cemetery because he had no mobile phone for them to steal. In the same month, a 15-year-old boy was treated for a head injury after being attacked near the entrance to the cemetery by five men armed with iron bars. The latest vandalism at the site is believed to have taken place between Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Police said last Thursday that they had been “liaising with Belfast City Council in relation to aantisocial behaviour issues in the area around the cemetery, in an effort to prevent anyone gaining access after hours”. They also appealed for members of the community “with a view of the cemetery from their homes” to contact the PSNI “if they notice anything untoward, so police can respond quickly”. Police on Thursday night appealed for anyone who had found a loved one’s grave damaged to contact them.

IPCC publishes 15 Death’s in Police Custody in 2012-13 – on the same day the Royal baby is born – I wonder do they have anything to hide


IPCC publishes annual deaths during or following police contact for 2012/13 – mental health a key factor

​23 July 2013

Mental health continued to be a key factor in deaths in or after police custody in 2012-13, according to statistics published today by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)

The report Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2012/13 shows that:

Deaths in police custody remained at 15, the same as last year, and many fewer than in earlier years.  But almost half (7 out of 15) of those who died were known to have mental health concerns, the same proportion as in 2011-12.  Four of those who died were known to have been restrained by police officers.

There was a considerable rise in the number of apparent suicides within two days of release from police custody, with 64 such deaths, the highest number recorded over the last nine years.  A number had been arrested in connection with alleged sexual offences.  Almost two-thirds were known to have mental health concerns, an even higher proportion than in 2011-12, and seven had previously been detained under the Mental Health Act.

For the first time in the IPCC’s history, there were no fatal police shootings in 2012-13.

The number of road traffic fatalities, which had been steadily decreasing over the previous three years, rose again, partly due to a number of incidents resulting in multiple fatalities.  However, the proportion of those deaths that resulted from police pursuits increased, accounting for 26 of the 30 deaths.

The IPCC independently investigated nine deaths in or following police custody, ten road traffic incidents and four apparent suicides.

Outside these categories, the IPCC independently investigated 21 other deaths following police contact, of which nine followed a history of domestic violence or threats, fewer than the 18 in 2011-12.

Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the IPCC, said:

“Each of these deaths is an individual tragedy, and it is crucial that we make sure that any possible lessons are learned.

“It is welcome that the number of those dying in police custody has significantly reduced – less than half the number before the IPCC was set up.  However, it is of continuing concern that a high proportion – almost half – were known to have mental health issues, as were nearly two-thirds of those who apparently committed suicide within two days of release from custody.

“The police are often called in to deal with acutely mentally ill people, who may be a danger to themselves or others or who may be behaving in a disturbing or strange way.   It is clearly important that they are better trained in mental health awareness.   But these figures also point to gaps and failings in the services that ought to support those with mental illness – before, instead of and after contact with the criminal justice system.

“For the first time since the IPCC came into being nearly a decade ago, there were no fatal shootings in 2012-13, and this is welcome, especially given the number of occasions on which armed police are deployed.

“The increase in the number and proportion of police pursuit related deaths is disappointing.  Forces need to be mindful of the ACPO guidelines on the management of pursuits which IPCC investigations have helped to strengthen.”

The report shows that there were:

15 deaths in or following police custody, the same figure as the previous year

no fatal police shootings, for the first time since the IPCC started work in 2004

30 road traffic fatalities, up from 19 the previous year

64 apparent suicides following police custody, up from 39 the previous year

21 other deaths following police contact that were subject to an IPCC independent investigation, down from 47 the previous year

Road traffic fatalities:

30 people, 24 men and six women, died in 23 police-related road traffic incidents

there were 19 fatal police pursuit incidents accounting for 26 of the deaths – 13 of the deaths were from six such incidents

18 of the deceased were the driver/passenger in a pursued vehicle and died when their vehicle crashed

eight people died as a pedestrian/cyclist or after their vehicle was hit by a car being pursued by police

Deaths in or during custody:

14 men and one woman died in police custody

Four were known to have been restrained by police officers at some point prior to their death

Nine people had a link to alcohol and drugs

Other deaths following police contact (this category includes only deaths following police contact that are subject to an IPCC independent investigation):

in 17 of the 21 deaths police were contacted as a result of concerns being raised over an individual’s safety or well-being

– ENDS –

Notes to Editors

The report Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2012/13 is available here.

For the first time since the IPCC has had responsibility for reporting on deaths we are also publishing tables showing data for each police force over a nine-year period.

Data tables

ODS version

PDF version


Road traffic fatalities include deaths of motorists, cyclists or pedestrians arising from police pursuits, police vehicles responding to emergency calls and other police traffic-related activity.

This does not include:

Deaths following a road traffic incident (RTI) where the police have attended immediately after the event as an emergency service.

Fatal shootings include fatalities where police officers fired the fatal shot using a conventional firearm.

Deaths in or following police custody includes deaths that occur while a person is being arrested or taken into detention. It includes deaths of persons who have been arrested or have been detained by police under the Mental Health Act 1983. The death may have taken place on police, private or medical premises, in a public place or in a police or other vehicle.

This includes:

Deaths that occur during or following police custody where injuries that contributed to the death were sustained during the period of detention.

Deaths that occur in or on the way to hospital (or other medical premises) following or during transfer from scene of arrest or police custody.

Deaths that occur as a result of injuries or other medical problems that are identified or that develop while a person is in custody.

Deaths that occur while a person is in police custody having been detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 or other related legislation.

This does not include:

Suicides that occur after a person has been released from police custody.

Deaths of individuals who have been transferred to the care of another agency and subsequently die while in their care, of injuries or illness not identified or sustained while in police custody.

Deaths that occur where the police are called to assist medical staff to restrain individuals who are not under arrest.

Apparent suicides following police custody includes apparent suicides that occur within two days of release from police custody. It also includes apparent suicides that occur beyond two days of release from custody, where the period spent in custody may be relevant to the subsequent death.

Other deaths following police contact includes deaths that follow contact with the police, either directly or indirectly, that did not involve arrest or detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and were subject to an IPCC independent investigation. An independent investigation is determined by the IPCC for the most serious incidents that cause the greatest level of public concern, have the greatest potential to impact on communities or have serious implications for the reputation of the police service. The criteria to include only deaths subject to an IPCC independent investigation have been applied since 2010/11 to improve consistency in the reporting of these deaths.

This may include:

Deaths that occur after the police are called to attend a domestic incident that results in a fatality.

Deaths that occur while a person is actively attempting to evade arrest; this includes instances where the death is self-inflicted.

Deaths that occur when the police are in attendance at a siege situation, including where a person kills themselves or someone else.

Deaths that occur after the police have been contacted following concerns about a person’s welfare and there is concern about the nature of the police response.

Deaths that occur where the police are called to assist medical staff to restrain individuals who are not under arrest.

For media enquiries please contact the IPCC press office on 0207-166-3239


GARDA commissioner Martin Calli an has warned paramilitary trappings will not be tolerated at any funerals in the Republic. He was speaking ahead of the funeral of Seamus McKenna (58) who died after falling from scaffolding while working on the roof of a property near Dundalk last week.


Seamus McKenna (58)

A member of Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH), Mr McKenna, was one of five men sued by relatives of some of the 29 people killed by the 1998 Omagh bomb which was carried out by the now defunct Real IRA. OOriginally from Silver bridge in Co Armagh, he was sentenced to six years for constructing a bomb in Co Louth in 2003.

Although not speaking specifically about McKenna’s funeral, commissioner Callinan said no paramilitary displays will be tolerated. Garda came in for criticism last year when masked men fired a volley of shots over the coffin of murdered republican Alan Ryan in Dublin. Uniformed men also flanked a hearse carrying the 32-year-old’s remains through the city. McKenna’s funeral is to be held in Ravensdale, Co Louth tommorow.

With many thanks to : The Irish News.


A SECRET deal between the Continuity IRA and a family in Limerick has enabled a serving British soldier to come home for the funeral of his grandfather.


The Sunday World  understands members of the family negotiated the deal using an intermediary after the soldier indicated he wanted to pay his respects. There were concerns he would have been targeted had he come home following warnings from the dissident outfit that anyone serving with the British Army would be regarded a legitimate target. A deal was agreed that the CIRA would allow safe passage for the soldier to attend the funeral. The deal only became public in the wake of the funeral which was held last week in Co Clare.

In a chilling statement, which was delivered at the Republican Sinn Fein Sean South Commemoration in Limerick in January, Continuity IRA prisoners at Portlaoise Prison declared that it considers Irish people who join the British Army as a ” legitimate target “. The statement, was read out at the Republican Plot at Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery during the commemoration for Limerick IRA man Sean South who was killed in a raid on the RUC Brookeborough Barracks in 1957. At the commemoration, a man speaking on behalf of CIRA prisoners, told around 60 supporters ” weve seen from recent years that in this city of Limerick, that Irishmen are considering a career in the British Army – the same British Army that holds six of our counties. ” Whether they are motivated by financial reasons or a sense of adventurism, we take this opportunity to say that the moment you don a British uniform, you become a legitimate target for the IRA.” The Ministry of Defence confirmed that every Irish person serving was informed of the threat. ” We condemn any threat of mindless violence against members of the British Armed Forces,” said a spokesman.

With many thanks to : Richard Sullivan, Sunday World.



    • Monday, 10 September 2012
    • 22:00

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Event for Le Chéile Suicide Awareness and Healing together · By Seosamh O Bradaigh

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