CONGRESSIHF Decision about the host country of the Men’s World Championship 2019 will be made during the last day of IHF Congress 2013 in Doha, Qatar on October 28. Huge interest for organizing these kind of events made from handball “unforgettable experience” for all the fans in the hall, but also society in general and great impact on the image of host cities and countries.After Spain, Qatar 2015 and France 2017, some of these countries will get a chance to welcome handball world:GERMANY AND DENMARKJoined candidature of two countries with strong handball, but also financial background is maybe the serious offer for the delegates in Doha. Germany has already organized great event in 2007 with spectacular final day in “Lanxess Arena” in Cologne, while Denmark was the host nation 35 years ago – 1978, which was the year of the first German gold medal. The biggest minus for German organization was the refferes’ standard in the matches of the home team. Gold medal from 2007 was the start of new era in German handball with some great handball project as Berlin, Hamburg and Mannheim, but results of national team in the recent years stopped greater progress. Openning match and semi-finals in Germany and final day in Denmark. What do you think about that?SWEDENSweden organized successfully the World Championship 2011 and probably the chances to repeat that in only 8 years are small, but this Scandinavian country have all the resources for that.  Last event was well organized in beautiful halls as “Malmo Arena” with 14.000 spectators where the final match took place.NORWAYThe richest country in Europe organized Men’s EHF EURO 2008, but despite Scandinavian coldness in January, there were no too positive comments about the whole event. Although good level of living standard, Norway didn’t show a lot of big sports facilities and wasn’t to interested to organize big sports event. Hopefully that will be changed if they get a chance to organize World Championship.POLANDPolish handball revolution began in Germany 2007. Great results of the Polish NT, but also two big teams, Kielce and Wisla, made the handball popular in the country of 37.mil people. Handball infrastructure will be built for EHF EURO 2016, but Polish people want more…HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIATwo central European countries with strong handball background, especially Hungary, want to organize the biggest event in handball hierarchy. Budapest is the place for the final clash with the hall over 13.000 seats. Hungarians are the one of the most passionate nation for handball, both male of female. It could be interesting to see that….What do you think? Who has to be organizer of Men’s WCh 2019?Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. ← Previous Story ALGERIA: Draw for African Championship 2014 Next Story → TITI TO MISS EHF EURO 2014? Omeyer next 3 months out! read more

Almost 1300 visitors of Handball-Planet.com voted on our Poll question – “Who has to organize Men’s World Championship 2019?” and the majority of the fans want to see the most important handball event at the end of decade in Hungary and Slovakia! Over 53% of all voters think that two Central European countries have perfect conditions to organize the event after Spain, Qatar 2015 and France 2017.Not much less support has Polish candidature for the WCh 2019 with 36% of your votes.At the third place is joined Danish-German candidature with about 8% of votes, while Sweden and Norway obviously aren’t in category “perfect place” for a majority of handball fans worldwide.Decision about the host nation will be made next weekend during IHF Congress 2013 in Doha, Qatar (25 to 28th of October).Which country is the perfect place for WCh 2019?HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA (53%, 662 Votes)POLAND (36%, 447 Votes)GERMANY AND DENMARK (8%, 94 Votes)SWEDEN (2%, 27 Votes)NORWAY (1%, 21 Votes) hungary and slovakia handballihf men’s world championship 2019 ← Previous Story EHF CUP (Round 3): Hannover VS Kadetten – Montpellier, Berlin and Skjern clear favorites Next Story → Darko Stanic suspended by Metalurg! read more

The third very interesting second match of the VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 will be played in Skopje after Veszprem and Barcelona! German SG Flensburg packed only+2 goals against RK Vardar 24:22 (13:14) in front of 6.300 home fans in “Flens Arena”. It looked like that Ljubomir Vranjes’ team will celebrate convincing win after ten minutes without goal of Macedonians (21:20 – 24:20) from 45 to 55th minute, but at the end Vardar’s goalkeeper Petar Angelov ended fantastic evening with a few more saves which caused better result for his team.Macedonians played brave and smart handball during first 35 minutes. Playmaker Igor Karacic was unstopable until 16:14 (35th), when German defense become the decisive factor on the court with a lot of fast breaks and “first wave” goals by Mogesen, Glandorf and the others. Flensburg took the match in own hands, but that wasn’t enough to make some bigger advantage before the second match in Skopje next weekend…SG FLENSBURG – RK VARDAR 24:22 (13:14)Flens ArenaGledalaca – 6.300FLENSBURG: Andersson 5 saves, Rasmussen six saves, Eggert 5(2)/7, Glandorf 4/7, Svan Hansen 5/6, Mogesen 5/8, Nenadić 1/3, Weinhold 0/1, Gottfridson 2/3, Heinl 1/1VARDAR: Karačić 9(3)/15, Lazarov 1/4, Dibirov 3(1)/10, Toskić 3/3, Brumen 4/4, Pribak 1/2, Dujshebaev 1/5RESULTS: 3:1 (3.) 5:2 (6.) 6:3 (8.) 8:5 (12.) 8:8 (16.) 10:10 (18.) 12:12 (26.) 12:13 (28.) 13:15 (32.) 14:16 (35.) 18:17 (39.) 20:17 (41.) 20:19 (43.) 21:20 (46.) 23:20 (51.) 24:20 (54.) 24:21 (56.) 24:22 (57.)Man of the Match: Petar Angelov (Vardar)OTHER RESULTS:RHEIN NECKAR LOWEN – FC BARCELONA 38:31RK METALURG – THW KIEL 21:31PSG HANDBALL – MKB MVM VESZPREM 26:28 RK VardarSG Flensburg ← Previous Story VIDEO: Masterpiece by Uwe Gensheimer Next Story → Danish Play-Off semis: Aalborg VS Skjern, KIF KK against Holstebro read more

Nora Mork and Erlend Mamelund are voted for the best players of the season in Norwegian Postenliga. Mork, right back-wing of the best Norwegian team Larvik HK got the highest number of votes of her colleagues – 39,3% among the 15 candidates.Male players have no doubt about the best this year – Norwegian NT left back Erlend Mamelund has got 59% of all votes among 12 candidates! ← Previous Story Győri Audi ETO KC win 11th domestic Championship! Next Story → ŠABAC IN DANGER: Challenge Cup FINAL despite the biggest floods in history! Erlend Mamelundhandball norwayNora Morknorwegian postenliga read more

The Day 1 at the Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2014 showed who are the real favorites of the tournament in Austrian cities of Linz and Traun. The most interesting match was between host team and Belarus 25:23, while the others were decided much before the final whistle.Group A:Spain – Macedonia 33:22France – Norway 29:22GROUP B:Estonia – Switzerland 20:26Denmark – Serbia 31:23Group C:Germany – Slovakia 32:18Austria – Belarus 25:23Group D:Sweden – Israel 36:24Hungary – Slovenia 21:29 men’s u20 euro 2014 ← Previous Story Men’s U20 EUR0 2014 – DAY 1: Denmark against Serbia – France VS Norway Next Story → African star Wael Jallouz joins FC Barcelona! read more

RK NexeSasa Barisic Jaman After losing all the chances to win the title at DKB Bundesliga, German Fuchse Berlin will have serious problems to stay on the way to Magdeburg, where Men’s EHF Cup Final4 will take place in May.The German team suffered tough defeat in Croatian city of Nasice against home team – RK Nexe 20:28 (9:12), which Velimir Petkovic’s boys will have chance to “cover” in front of home fans at “Max Schmelling” hall next weekend.Hans Lindberg and Fabian Wiede were TOP scorers for the “Foxes” with five goals each, while Sasa Barisic Jaman netted seven in the winning squad.Saint Raphael VS BM Granollers and Chambery Savoie VS Frisch Auf Goppingen are two other pairs of TOP 8. ← Previous Story Superb PSG Handball conquer Kielce! Next Story → Kiel and Nantes to host two last EHF CL TOP 8 matches read more

Dika MemWorld Young Handball Player 2017/2018 Handball-Planet.com is pleased to announce the results of our fifth Voting Contest for the Young World Handball Player 2017/2018 (generation 1996 and younger). The French youngstar, promising right back, Dika Mem (1996) got the highest number of cumulative votes of handball journalists and handball fans (Handball-Planet.com visitors ). Oustanding performances of the 22 years-old Mem, helped France to win the bronze medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, but also FC Barcelona Lassa to stay on the TOP of the Spanish handball.  Mem won the award with 44 points in total, ahead of Slovenian right wing Blaz Janc (PGE Vive Kielce, 39) and compatriot, line-player, Ludovic Fabregas (Montpellier Handball, 36).In two weeks of voting period 15.857 votes for 28 nominated players have shown the outstanding interest for our project, who has the goal to present the future stars of our sport.COMPLETE RESULTS – BEST 7VOTING PROCESS – YOUR VOTESMembers of the Jury:Rasmus Boysen (Denmark, hballtransfers.com)Nicolas Chardon (Handnews.fr TEAM (France)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Sergei Novikov (Fast center, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Rici Gjamovski (g-sport.mk, Macedonia)Jorge Dargel Amigo (Marca, Spain)Marcin Gorcynski (SportoweFakty.pl, Poland)Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou (e-handball.gr, Greece)Jasmin Tajic (Oslobodjenje, BiH)Zika Bogdanovic (Balkan-Handball.com, Serbia)MEM FOLLOWS SAGOSEN AND DUJSHEBAEVHandball-Planet.com has got the third world’s young handball player in the history of our Contest. The Spanish right back Alex Dujshebaev (2013/2014) won title four years ago, while in the three following, Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen was unbeatable. FRENCH STARS…The biggest number of nominations for WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2017/18 got French players (7) ahead of Spaniards (5), Slovenians and Belarusians 3…CREATIC.HU– PREMIUM PARTNER ← Previous Story PGE Vive Kielce in financial crisis? Next Story → Young World Handball Best 7 – 2017/2018 read more

Here are the results of EHF EURO 2020 qualifications ROund 1.Group 1Poland – #Kosovo 37:13Germany – Israel 37:21Group 2Serbia – Belgium 27:27Croatia – Switzerland Thursday 20.15Group 3Iceland – Greece 35:21Macedonia – Turkey Thursday 20.15Group 4Slovenia – Latvia 27:21Netherlands – Estonia Thursday 19.30Group 5Czech Republic – Finland 31:27Belarus – Bosnia and Herzegovina Thursday 18Group 6Portugal – Romania 21:13France – Lithuania 20.30 ThursdayGroup 7Hungary – Slovakia 30:22Russia – Italy 34:20Group 8Montenegro – Faroe Island 24:24Denmark – Ukraine 30:24 ← Previous Story EURO 2020: Graz welcomes Croatia again Next Story → VIDEO: Mr. Sander Sagosen BOMB read more

first_imgUpdated 21:57TWO PEOPLE REMAIN in custody in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Lithuanian man Audrius Butkus whose body was found on a beach in Meath earlier this week.A woman in her 30s who was arrested earlier today has been released without charge with a file to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.A man in his 50s and a female in her 60s are still being held at Drogheda Garda Station.The man’s body was found on Mornington Beach, near Drogheda, on Tuesday morning by a walker who immediately informed gardaí. The victim appeared to have sustained serious head injuries.All three were arrested by Gardaí today in the Drogheda area and can be held for up to 24-hours.A property in Drogheda was sealed off earlier this week as part of the muder probe with gardaí appealing for anyone who noticed an “altercation, row or unusual incident” in the area to contact them.- Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRelated: Murder investigation underway as body of man found on Meath beach>last_img read more

first_imgA MAN HAS died after he was stabbed at a house in Tallaght last night.The man in his 30s received fatal stab injuries in house on Kitalown Way at around 6.40pm last night.He was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he died shortly after 7pm.Gardaí say that another man in his 30s was arrested at the scene.He is currently being detained at Tallaght Garda Station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.The scene has been preserved pending a technical examination.last_img

first_imgCLARE WILL WELCOME their All-Ireland heroes home at a public event in Ennis tomorrow night.The Banner lifted Liam MacCarthy for the first time in 16 years after a thrilling 5-16 to 3-16 win over Cork in this evening’s All-Ireland hurling final replay.Davy Fitzgerald’s senior squad will share a joint homecoming with the county’s U21s, who clinched a second successive All-Ireland title by beating Antrim a fortnight ago.The event at Tim Smythe Park (formerly known as The Fair Green) will begin at 6pm tomorrow evening with big screen entertainment and musical acts.“The sense of achievement that the Clare hurlers have instilled in the people of Clare, irrespective of whether they are hurling fans, cannot be understated,” the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Joe Arkins, said this evening.“The country has not seen hurling teams as exciting and gifted as these young sides in many a year.”For those who cannot be in attendance, the homecoming will be broadcast around the world on the Ennis App and on ennisapp.ie.All-Ireland final report: O’Donnell’s dream day fires Clare to victory10 of the best tweets on a sensational All-Ireland hurling finallast_img read more

first_imgIRISH CHARITY GOAL says the Government’s response to the disaster in the Philippines has not been “proportionate to the scale of the disaster”.The NGO is calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore to announce an increase to the €1 million already committed.According to CEO Barry Andrews: “Although the full extent of the damage is still unfolding, it is clear at this stage that there is an enormous amount of destruction spread across a very wide area.“People are in desperate need of water, food and shelter and the time is right for a strong message of solidarity.Andrews, who is a former government minister, said Ireland should maintain its “reputation for generosity in similar circumstances,” particularly in the context of the large Filipino community living and working in Ireland.He told TheJournal.ie that it was likely the case that the initial amount of €1 million was based on guesswork, but that another announcement now would be “timely” given the extent of the unfolding tragedy.The UN estimates more than 11.3 million people have been affected, with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan smashed into the nation’s central islands on Friday. Some 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone.Ireland is also providing tents, blankets and other emergency supplies to the Philippines as part of a coordinated international relief effort. The first airlift of supplies, valued at around €510,000, is currently en route from Dubai and is due to land at 6pm Irish time.Speaking yesterday, Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said the country would play its play its “full part” the response to the disaster.Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Ireland had a well-regarded record in responding to international tragedies, and would contribute “how it can” but that the country didn’t have ”endless resources” that it could make available.Related: 100 tonnes of Irish aid due to arrive in PhilippinesAlso: Eight killed as mob storms Philippine rice storeRead: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last yearlast_img read more

first_imgIf you can’t see these figures, please click here.Speaking about the figures, Cowen said “Housing Aid for Older Persons Scheme is a vital support to help older people adapt their homes to their physical circumstances”.He added: The rapid decline over the past three years has meant many older people are not getting the support they need to live in the homes they have worked all their lives for.The Government has failed to provide real resources to allow older people make the changes they need to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible.Many people require only modest supports to continue living independently and securely close to their families and friends. These cut backs jeopardise that. STATISTICS REVEALED FROM a parliamentary question by Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen shows that the number of of grants for the elderly reduced from 7,138 in 2010 to just 1,739 so far in 2013.“The government has drastically reduced the number of grants paid out for the Housing Aid for the Older Persons Scheme since it came into power,” said Cowen, who added that the figures revealed show the full scale of the cuts targeting older people across the country.GrantsThe figures detail the numbers of grants paid each year together with the monies recouped to the local authorities since 2010 in respect the Housing Aid for Older People (HAOP) and the Mobility Aids Grant (MAG).These schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80 per cent recoupments available from my Department together with a 20 per cent contribution from the resources of the local authority.In Dublin City Council the figures show that the HAOP grants in 2010 came to 527  – €1,481,399. This fell to 246 in 2011 – €875,136, falling to 182 in 2012 –  €656,383 and further falling to 75 to the end of October this year, at €324,114.Details of the numbers of grants paid each year together with the monies recouped to the local authorities since 2010 are set out in the following tables:center_img He said he was also concerned that the Environment Minister Phil Hogan is “back-tracking on his promise to ensure that 80 per cent of the property tax collected in an area goes towards local services in that area,” stating that local authority finances are struggling to come up with their 20 per cent of the costs of housing aid supports.Read: NUIG recruiting participants aged 64 and over to test system that detects falls>VIDEO: Pensioners at today’s protest believe the worst is yet to come>last_img read more

first_imgFOLLOWING ON FROM Ireland’s €3.75 billion bond sale yesterday, Bank of Ireland launched its own sale today and raised €750 million from investors.The sale was five times oversubscribed according to Bank of Ireland who say that they took orders worth €3.75 billion.The bonds have a five-year maturity and the average yield on the transaction was 3.337 per cent.The issuance was sold to 240 different investors with the bank saying that 97 per cent of the trade was from international investors.Lead investment banks on the transaction were Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Royal Bank of Scotland.A statement from Bank of Ireland described the sale as “highly successful”.“Today’s transaction strongly underlines Bank of Ireland’s on-going ability to access capital markets at improving prices since returning to the public bond markets with a range of covered bond trades,” according to a spokesperson.Today’s sales comes a month after the bank raised almost €2 billion as part of plans to begin repaying the State €1.8 billion of preference shares bought by the government.Read: Ireland’s post-bailout return to the bond markets raised €3.75 billion >Read: Bank of Ireland raises funds to begin repaying over €2 billion to the State >last_img read more

first_imgMORE THAN 50 pro-choice activists are staging a protest outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin today against the Spanish government’s plans to change its abortion laws.There are now proposals in draft legislation to roll back a 2010 decision to allow any woman to have an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.The new law would only permit a termination if a woman had been raped or if her health was at serious risk.Gráinne Griffin, spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Campaign, the group which organised the demonstration, said yesterday that the proposal will force Spanish women to travel abroad for abortions, as thousands in Ireland currently do.“We do not believe that people in Spain should be forced to live like we do in Ireland.”last_img read more

first_imgPOST MORTEM RESULTS on the body of Patrick Halpin, who died while on a university trip to London, have found that he died as a result of brain injuries sustained during a fall.The 18-year-old was found dead near Leicester Square on 6 February after he had gone missing while on a DCU society trip.He was missing for about 40 hours before his body was discovered on a roof in an alleyway behind the Burger King near the main square.An initial examination had proven inconclusive but a Metropolitan Police spokesperson has confirmed that the final post mortem found that he died “as a result of brain injuries consistent with a fall”.Police had earlier ruled that Halpin’s death was not being treated as suspicious and the post mortem results will now form part of an inquest that will be held at Westminster’s Coroner’s Court.The young student was buried near his family just outside Loughrea in Co. Galway.Read: Cause of Patrick Halpin’s death ‘undetermined’ after initial post-mortem >Read: Body found in Leicester Square identified as missing student Patrick Halpin >last_img read more

first_imgUpdated Sunday 23 March 12pmA MISSING PERSON appeal was issued by the PSNI in relation to Spanish national last seen in Belfast on the eve of St Patrick’s Day.26-year-old Spanish national Damaris Gualdo Sanchez was last seen in the Dublin Road area of the city on Sunday 16 March.Today, a week later, the PSNI said she has been found safe and well.Read: Man shot in the face after dropping child off at Dublin crecheRead: Man’s body discovered in Donegal houselast_img

first_imgUpdated 21:55Two men have been arrested – and then released – after Dublin’s famous statue of musician Phil Lynott was seriously damaged in the early hours of this morning.Gardaí said the men turned up at Pearse Street Garda station this evening after an investigation was launched into the damage.Both men have already been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Gardaí are not believed to be seeking anyone else in connection with the case.The statue of the Thin Lizzy frontman has been removed from Harry Street for repairs.The monument was seriously damaged when two youths pushed it over. The statue’s bronze coat suffered a tear in the fall.Gardaí investigating the incident have issued an appeal for information. They want to talk to a group of people who lifted and replaced the structure after it was damaged.They would also like to speak with a man in a white van who may have been making deliveries at the time. The incident occurred at about 4.15am just off Grafton Street. Anyone who was in the area at the time is asked to contact Pearse Street station on 01 666 9000.The two male suspects left the area on foot in the direction of Grafton Street and then onto Wicklow Street.It seems the Lynott family have already forgiven the culprits with Phil’s mother Philomena telling Hot Press magazine:“It seems now that it was just a bunch of high spirited boys, who meant no harm. So I am not annoyed with them. I’m only hoping that none of the lads got hurt.”Harry Street pictured this afternoon after the statue had been removed. It would usually stand in front of the Bruxelles sign. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)- Additional reporting by Christine Bohan7 of Ireland’s best statues, and 4 we’re still waiting forPICTURES: Molly Malone and Phil Lynott in woolly hatsPhil Lynott’s mum upset after Romney campaign uses Thin Lizzy tracklast_img read more

first_imgTHE ONLY MALE member of Irish band The Corrs has told the High Court he was under a huge amount of “stress” when he sold a house in Dublin in a bid to “protect his finances for his son”.Jim Corr appeared before the Commercial Court yesterday where he was accused by ACC Bank of putting assets beyond their reach as he was questioned about an outstanding loan of €778,000 from the bank.Bernard Dunleavy, barrister for ACC, questioned Corr about the circumstances regarding the sale of a property he owned in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and accused the songwriter of coming up with a “scheme to divest of the property” and keep it from the bank.Musician Jim Corr leaving the Commercial Court in Dublin yesterday. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Corr said that the apartment had been on sale since 2008 but Dunleavy said it was too “coincidental” that it was sold to a Maltese company within a couple of weeks of ACC securing a court judgment of €1.44 million against Corr in February 2011.Corr denied that it was his aim to keep the property from the bank, at which Mr Justice Peter Kelly intervened and told the songwriter to reconsider his answer.“Did all of that just happen by a stroke of good luck? Do you really expect me to believe that? Seriously?” he asked.Judge Kelly also reminded him that he was under oath when giving his reconsidered answer.After a sip of water and a long pause, Corr told Courtroom One that he was trying “to protect what he could” for his son. “I was doing what anyone else would do in my position,” he added.Corr was also questioned at length about a property he used to own in Co. Down, which was later bought by a German friend of his shortly after he and Corr first met at a dinner party that The Corr sisters also attended in Palma, Majorca in 2010.Florian Karrer has “no ties to Ireland” Corr said but he invests in distressed properties and became interested in the apartment after Corr told Karrer he was selling it to relieve some of his debts.Judge Kelly said he found it unusual that Corr has lived in the property rent-free for three years, but the musician explained that Karrer “likes to have someone living there”.A connection between the properties was revealed in court when Dunleavy explained the Maltese-based company that bought the Donnybrook apartment in March 2011 was fronted by an Irishman who worked with Karrer.Corr also told the courtroom that he was musician and “not good at figures” which could be the reason why his finances were so “chaotic”.He said he never believed that as a minority shareholder with a 25 per cent stake in a loan that he would have to front all of the money. He had entered into the €1.4 million loan advance with two other businessmen, Liam and Philip Marks.Since mid-2008 Corr told the court he had “people knocking at his door looking for payments” which resulted in him trying to sell “everything” he owned. “ Everything was for sale basically,” he said.Jim of the Corrs performs on stage at Wembley Arena on November 8, 2004 in London. ©suzan/allactiondigital.comAdjournmentEarlier in the day, Corr’s barrister Ross Aylward made an application for the case to be adjourned to a later date because his client wasn’t fully aware of all the relevant documentation which was needed for the day.Dunleavy accepted that Corr had short notice of the planned cross examination, and said they would agree to an adjournment if Corr would swear not to declare bankruptcy in any country.When Corr’s barrister declined, Mr Justice Peter Kelly decided to proceed with the examination by ACC Bank, telling the court that although Corr may not have all the documents needed, some of the information would be factual which he should know.The cross-examination of Corr will reconvene on Wednesday 3 July at 11am.Read: Court hears Jim Corr’s financial affairs are ‘chaotic’>More: THAT Jim Corr appearance on the Late Late Show>last_img read more

first_imgThey are not treating us the same as everybody else.Leinster notes that it was the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) that had pressed the State to examine its involvement in the Magdalene laundries. “We hope we don’t have to go down that road but we are prepared to if we have to,” he said.He has written and self-published two books about his experiences, Hannah’s Shame and Destiny Unknown, and through these has met not only other survivors, but a cousin.Pic: Derek LeinsterFamily Leinster’s parents were from Drumconrath, Co Meath.My mother was 18 when I was born, and my father was 10 years older. My father was a Catholic and my mother was from a rank Protestant family.They were unmarried, so when his mother became pregnant, she was sent to the Bethany Home. She left the home when her son was just over four months old.What people forget: from that point of time the government became my parents. There was no one else. That’s who I would have depended on.He says the home paid nurse mothers 15 shillings per child, and this money came from the State. He was sent to a nurse mother, and was in terrible physical condition: “My head was covered in push scabs and blood – you don’t get that from being well looked after.”Was he neglected? “Big time”The new ‘family’ nursed him back to life, but before he was due to be sent on to another family, he was sent back to the home. Then, at three he was diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough), diptheria, gastroenteritis and bronchial pneumonia. Gravely ill, he had to stay in isolation in hospital for four and a half months.No one from the home visited him. “Somehow or other, against all the odds, I survived.”He then went to live with a new family, but his situation did not improve. There, he found himself in difficult circumstances once more. “I was hungry, I was starving and I was in rags,” he recalls. “They used to refer to me as the ‘poor eejit’ because I was slow.”He used to go up on the hills and play with the goats, because he was so ashamed to be near people due to his unwashed state. “They didn’t judge me – they were my friends.”Unable to read or write, he left school at the age of 13 and went to work for a farmer. Three years later, he caught the boat to England, where he has remained ever since.When I left England at 18 my mind wouldn’t have been more than a 12 year old. I had been so suppressed and always put down. There was nobody there for me.He still suffers from ill-health, and is on chemotherapy drugs to fight problems with his immune system. At the age of 24, he met Carol, who he would go on to marry two years later. She would write and read for him – “She became my writing hand” – and to this day still helps him with spelling.He used to leave jobs when forms were put in front of him, which greatly affected his ability to find steady work.Another remnant of his upbringing? “As a child I couldn’t cry. When my foster mother died [of TB] I didn’t cry. Now… I can’t bloody stop!”Leinster has met some of his biological family, though his 90-year-old mother does not want a relationship with him.Despite all of this hardship, Leinster and all of the Bethany Home survivors remain focused. They are looking for an apology, they are looking for redress, and they are seeking a memorial to the 219 children buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome cemetery.The neglect, the hardship, the tough lives they experienced will not disappear if this is achieved, but it is clear from speaking to them that they will get one thing that they desperately crave: the acknowledgement that they matter, and what happened to them was wrong.Leinster has this message for the Government:They know they have to do the right thing because they know the people of Ireland want them to do the right thing; to treat all Irish citizens equally. This is the hour to demonstrate it, if there was never another one.Read: “We hope he does the right thing”: Bethany Home survivors to meet Shatter>Read: ‘Mixed feelings’ as Bethany Home survivors meet Shatter>Read: Bethany Home survivors: “They will have to realise we are not going away”> DEREK LEINSTER IS in his late 60s, a cheery and amusing man who lives in Rugby with his wife Carol. They dote on their grandchildren, and take trips to Ireland, Leinster’s home country.But his back story belies his positive attitude: Derek Leinster was born to a teenage mother who was sent to the Bethany Home in Rathgar, Dublin 6, because she was unmarried.Their trips to Ireland aren’t holidays – they’re to meet with people like Government ministers as part of a fight for redress for Bethany Home survivors.Bethany HomeAn evangelical Protestant-run home, women were sent to Bethany for being what in the early part of the 20th century was considered ‘fallen’, that is: not conforming to society’s Church-influenced strict ideals.Pregnant mothers were sent to the home around four months before giving birth, and had to stay there for a similar time afterwards. Their children were sent to ‘nurse mothers’ and usually from there they were adopted.Listening to the stories of Leinster and his friend Patrick Anderson-McQuoid, it is clear that they had less than positive experiences at the Bethany Home – experiences that have left them physically and emotionally scarred for life. Now, along with a number of other people whose mothers also spent time in the home, they are part of the Bethany Survivors Group, and are fighting for an apology and redress from the State because of what they suffered.In 2010, Niall Meehan, who works with the group, discovered the unmarked graves of 219 children who died at the the home from diseases as tragic as marasmus, a form of malnutrition.One of the unmarked grave sites. Pic: Bethany Survivors Group IrelandMcQuoid’s mother was sent to the Bethany Home and gave birth to him in the Rotunda hospital. After she left, he was sent to a nurse mother in Co Tipperary.But, like Derek, he became ill, and was moved to another home. He was found to have rickets in the head, a bad heart, and problems with his lower extremities.When he was well, he was put into the care of the Irish church missions, who arranged for him to be taken to Northern Ireland where he was adopted.McQuoid discovered later in life that he had a half-brother, who lives in South Lake City. Like Leinster, he was told no records of him existed, but later found records about his time in Bethany Home.In 2007 he got a computer:  “And that’s how I found Derek”. He was trying to find information on the home, and now the men campaign for justice. “It’s an issue that doesn’t go away,” said McQuoid, who says the sense of comradery brings him through it.MeetingThe men were part of a small group of survivors that met with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on the issue of redress and an apology last week. It was part of their long-running campaign for acknowledgement by the State of what they went through – the home was not put on the list of homes under the Institutional Redress Scheme.McQuoid described the meeting with Shatter as a “step in the right direction, put it that way”, while Leinster said he had “mixed feelings” afterwards.Leinster describes Bethany as a “sectarian home”, raising the question if it wasn’t suitable under the redress scheme due to the fact it was Protestant.People know about the main Catholic homes, he said: “If you said the Bethany home people wouldn’t understand that was a Protestant home. They wouldn’t know anything about it.”Though told no records existed, he says he eventually did find documents relating to his time in the home. He has also received documents under the Freedom of Information Act that he says proves State involvement in the home, which should have qualified it for redress under the 2002 scheme.If it’s not religious; if it’s not small and because we can be trampled on, what is the reason?last_img read more