Dundon and Killeen go on trial for Collins murder

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Email NewsBreaking newsDundon and Killeen go on trial for Collins murderBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2014 878 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Linkedin Printcenter_img Previous articleGardai to close speeding loopholeNext articleAll is ready for Riverfest Bank holiday spectacular Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Twitter THIS Thursday, three judges, four senior counsel and five barristers along with dozens of Gardaí and witnesses will gather again at Dublin’s high-security Special Criminal Court for the trial of two men charged with the murder of Limerick businessman Roy Collins.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Steve Collins; his wife, Carmel and their daughter Leanna will once again hear how the 35-year-old father was gunned down outside Coin Castle Amusements at the Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.This time, the State will allege a connection between the two accused, Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen and the hired gunman who delivered the fatal shot. Declared as a homeless, but originally from Limerick, 26-year-old James Dillion was convicted and is serving life for murder.36-year-old Dundon and 24-year-old Killeen appeared in court last Tuesday to hear their defence argue that material relating to the disclosure of the State’s case was still outstanding.Prosecuting counsel Michael O’Higgins SC and Sean Guerin SC told the three women judges of the non-jury court that they needed additional time to furnish the defence with evidence of further recordings of conversations between Gardaí and potential witnesses who were in prison custody at the time.It will be the first time in the history of the State, a murder trial will be heard at the Special Criminal Court by an all female bench.When they were brought to the dock area of Court 11 on Tuesday, Dundon and Killeen had a brief consultation with their defence teams before proceedings began.Dundon grinned over at Steve Collins after he acknowledged two of his own family members at the other side of the court.Senior counsels Michael O’Higgins and Sean Guerin told the court that there was a manageable list of disclosure material to be furnished to the defence and that significant Garda resources were assigned to deal with the issue.Mr O’Higgins said there was no complacency on the part of the State but he did accept that there were a number of matters still outstanding.Counsel for Nathan Killeen, Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, said that it was not satisfactory that matters were coming so late, adding that they felt there was no “reality in the short term to the case going on”.Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, together with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan said that the court appreciated the amount of work being done in relation to the trial advancing.The opening of the trial was adjourned and an earlier court order was extended for the Prison Service to disclose recordings made, between a range of agreed dates, from Garda stations to potential witnesses who were in custody at the time.Transcripts of sentencing hearings from 2011 with Gareth Keogh Collins and another man are also to be given to the defence.Mr O’Higgins said that no “controversial evidence” would be heard before the May Bank Holiday weekend. TAGSfeaturedmurderMusic LimerickNathan Killeenroy collinsSpecial Criminal CourtWayne Dundon #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

Ron Geary Predicts Ellis Park Will Have the Best Meet Ever

first_imgEllis Park president Ron Geary, well-versed as a horse player and handicapper, is betting that this summer will be his best meet since buying the track nestled on the Ohio River in 2006.In fact, by featuring enhanced purses for horsemen, restoration of a 2-year-old stakes and continued player-focused emphasis, Geary expects the 30-date session that runs July 2-Sept. 5 to be the strongest in more than 20 years.“We’ll have one of the best meets we’ve ever had,” Geary said. “We had almost 8.3 horses per race last year, and we think we’ll have an opportunity to improve on that this year. The momen-tum has been building for this for several months and now it’s looking like reality, which is ex-tremely exciting.’Thanks to burgeoning business with its Instant Racing parimutuel games and a $1.35 million contribution by Kentucky Downs, Ellis Park’s races will offer purses averaging $210,000 a dayfor its 30-date summer meet, Geary said. That’s up from $155,000 a year ago at the 1 1/8-mile track nicknamed “the Pea Patch” because of its signature soybeans growing in the infield.“I’m incredibly pumped about our upcoming meet – it will be outstanding,” said racing secretaryDan Bork. “I think we’ll have a great number of quality horses running here. More people are interested in running with us than ever before, and our jockey colony shapes up as its strongest ever. With Ellis becoming stronger in the summer, it also helps the whole circuit.”Maiden races for Kentucky-bred horses (the majority of horses racing) will have pots of $38,000 – up $9,000 from last year, while allowance races will range from $39,000 to $42,000, including the supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund for horses born and sired in the commonwealth.“Those numbers are going to make me seriously consider whether it’s worth going to Saratoga or Del Mar,” said Louisville-based trainer Dale Romans, whose two-time Grade 1 winner Brody’s Cause first raced at Ellis Park. “l just hope more people don’t start staying behind and it gets tougher to break a maiden at Ellis. I mean, Brody did get beat at Ellis.“A lot of horses get beat in 2-year-old races and go on to be top horses. It’s the time of year for2-year-olds to get started, seems the most productive. And it’s a good safe racetrack to get started on. With this kind of money, I’ll definitely leave more horses in Kentucky this summer.”Scott Blasi, chief assistant to newly-elected Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, said the en-hanced money makes Ellis an alternative starting point for quality horses.“It will give you a good option for horses that aren’t quite ready to go to Saratoga yet, that are still here in the development stage,” Blasi said.The stakes schedule is highlighted by the $100,000 Groupie Doll for fillies and mares at a mile.The Grade 3 stakes was renamed for the 2012-2013 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and two-time Eclipse Award champion who raced three times at the track, including victory in the 2011 stakes and third in 2013 when it was known as the Gardenia.Also on that Aug. 6 card is the return of the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, giving Kentucky a much-needed 2-year-old stakes in the summer. The seven-furlong Juvenile promises to be well-populated, given the strength of Ellis’ maiden races, which last year launched Brody’s Cause (winner of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last fall and Blue Grass this spring), Grade 2 winners Venus Valentine and Dothraki Queen, Grade 3 winner MO Tom and G2 Fair Grounds Oaks runner-up Dream Dance.Ellis Park’s juvenile program also produced future Breeders’ Cup winners Cat Thief (Classic), Boston Harbor (Juvenile) and Caressing (Juvenile Fillies), older male champion Lawyer Ron and Grade 1 winners Noble’s Promise, Request for Parole, Turallure, Pure Fun, Pure Clan, Ja-va’s War and Richter Scale.“I’m thrilled,” said Kenny McPeek, trainer of Noble’s Promise, Java’s War and Pure Fun and whose five wins with 2-year-olds led the 2015 Ellis meet “We’re going to point a bunch of younghorses there. It’s right up our alley, and it gives us more motivation to keep these horses local.”Said Ron Moquett: “Ellis has always been a pet meet of mine. We love Ellis. Now that they’ve got the money working the right direction, it’s enough to make our owners run more horsesthere. I’ll leave some good horses here to try to run. The Pea Patch just got very interesting.Instant Racing wagering at Ellis set a record each of the past three months, including April’s $7.17 million, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission statistics.“The last couple of years now, we’ve started to have very significant growth, about 50 percent a year,” Geary said. “Every dollar that’s bet on Instant Racing, a portion goes to the purse fund. The parimutuel taxes on Instant Racing contribute to getting extra money to the Kentucky Thor-oughbred Development Fund. Between those, it’s really done well.As part of the tracks’ strengthening relationship, Kentucky Downs is marketing and distributing Ellis’ simulcast signal nationally. The all-grass track in Franklin, which pioneered parimutuel wa-gering on historical horse racing in the commonwealth, also is transferring $1.35 million to Ellis for purses to help build the circuit — an arrangement endorsed by the Kentucky division of theHorsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, the group representing the state’s owners and trainers. When Churchill Downs balked at any overlapping days between its Septembermeet and Kentucky Downs, Geary resolved the thorny situation by giving Sept. 3 — the Satur-day before Labor Day — to Kentucky Downs for its opener. Ellis’ closing weekend is Sept. 2, 4 and 5.“We were trying to make it a win-win,” said Geary, whose minority partner in Ellis is Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. “And I think it did. I think it will work out really well and help the circuit be stronger during the summer and the fall.“The last several years we’ve worked hard to get the track in the best shape. We put down 2,000 tons of sand and clay this year on top of what we did two years ago. And we’ve worked hard on getting our turf in top shape. The horsemen like that their horses leave here in greatshape. We’ve had some outstanding horses going on to national accomplishments after startingright here at little Ellis Park.”Ellis Park condition book:htt ://www.e uibase.com/ remium/e bHorsemenAreaDownloadAction.cfm?sn=CB-ELP-20160702-20160731DFor more information, contact Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork at [email protected] Park’s 2016 summer meet at a glanceLocation: 3300 US-41 , Henderson KY.Dates: July 2-Sept. 5 (30 days), Fridays through Sundays, plus Mondays July 4 and Sept. 5. Noracing Saturday, Sept. 3.Post time: 12:50 p.m. CT/1:50 p.m. ET.General admission: free. Reserved seating in Sky Theatre and Clubhouse.Parking: free; valet availableMulti-horse wager minimums: 10-cent superfecta; 50-cent trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5; $1 exacta, Super High Five.Stakes: July 9 – $50,000 Ellis Park Turf, fillies & mares 3yos & up, 1 1/16 miles (turf). July 16 –$50,000 Don Bernhardt Memorial, 3yo & up, 6 1/2 furlongs. Aug. 6 – $100,000 Groupie Doll (G3), fillies & mares 3yos & up, mile; $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, 2yos, 7 furlongs. Sept. 5 -$50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap, 3yo & up, 1 1/16 miles (turf).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Elton John To Retire After 300-Date Global Tour

first_imgLater on in 2018, the prolific musician Elton John has announced he will retire from touring with an extensive 300-date tour dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” John revealed these plans, including a massive global farewell tour, which will likely span through to 2021, on Wednesday during an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.At 70 years old, John explained his reasoning behind his farewell, noting, “My priorities have changed in my life. … My priorities now are my children, my husband, my family. I thought the time is right to say thank you to my fans and say goodbye.”As reported by Consequence of Sound, “John stressed that his decision to retire has nothing to do with his health (last year, he was forced to cancel several concerts after contracting a rare bacterial infection).” The outlet noted that to reiterate this point, John explained his upcoming farewell tour’s massive route will see the singer and songwriter perform 300 shows on pretty much every continent. After elaborating on the tour, John noted, “That doesn’t sound like someone who is in poor health to me.”Though the tour is likely to continue for years, John noted that once the tour is over, he’ll be done for good. As John explained, “I’m not going to say I’m retiring and then do a world tour. I’m not Cher.”[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more