Limerick State solicitor retires amid glowing tributes

first_imgEmail Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Retiring State solicitor Michael MurrayRetiring State solicitor Michael Murray. Picture Liam Burke Press 22DESPITE an escalation in serious crime during the years of the feud in Limerick, retiring State solicitor Michael Murray never flinched from his duties even in the face of serious threats, Judge Tom O’Donnell has said.Leading tributes to Mr Murray by barristers, solicitors, court staff and gardai, Judge O’Donnell said that the people of the city are lucky to have been served by the experience and wisdom of the native Limerick man for 37 years.Citing the characteristics brought to the role of State solicitor, Judge O’Donnell said that Michael Murray was able to keep cool head, maintain ethics and high standards, and often in the face of unwarranted abuse.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Despite the escalation of serious crime in the city, Mr Murray has never flinched from his duties and responsibilities for the rule of law. That took courage”, Judge O’Donnell remarked.County Registrar Pat Wallace said that “when dark forces came to Limerick and gathered, Limerick men were tagged with a nickname. It stuck and sullied the city, but thankfully we have moved from that and Michael Murray has played a big part in that and we owe him a huge debt for that.”Prosecuting Counsel for the State in Limerick city, John O’Sullivan BL said “in difficult and tumultuous times, the city was lucky that there was a Murray at the helm.“The citizens of Limerick have shown great courage at times to come froward and give evidence in serious cases and Michael has shown great qualities to support them in doing that.“He has contributed greatly to the quality of life of the citizens of his native city and there is now very little serious crime here when there was a time when his office was greatly burdened with files”.In his 49th year of legal service, the avid huntsman, walker and dedicated disciple of rugby, Michael Murray thanked those who gathered at Limerick Circuit Courthouse this Thursday quipping that he “hardly recognised the person been spoken about with all those lovely remarks. Not once did anyone mention my cranky disposition or difficult nature. So I apologise to any one who I may have given offence to in the course or heat of battle”.Appearing before the circuit court in Limerick for the first time in 1972, the retiring State solicitor wanted to acknowledge the role jurors have paid in the administration of justice.“We have secured the convictions we deserved and juries were not found wanting and that is a very important part to the administration of justice”.In an emotional final tribute, Michael Murray said he would be bowing out from the role as Limerick’s State but not without thanking colleagues and the staff of his office.“In recent years, the office has been like a pressure cookery and they are the unsung heroes, I owe them a great debt of gratitude.”Michael Murray, who retires this Friday, served as the State Solicitor for Limerick city since 1980. He retires from the role back to his private legal practice, to walk his beloved dogs and follow his beloved Young Munster. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twittercenter_img TAGSfeaturedlimerickMIchael MurrayState solicitor Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleRiverfest: 80s vs 90s party after Great Limerick RunNext articleBeyond the neon runes Staff Reporter Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLimerick State solicitor retires amid glowing tributesBy Staff Reporter – April 27, 2017 1719 last_img read more

Mullen cashes in at Clash at the Creek VII

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 25) – In 2014, Mike Mullen started on the pole for 141 Speedway’s 50 lap, $10,000 to win Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature. There were rumblings that there was no passing and that all he did was stay out in front of the field.Mullen quieted the naysayers Thursday night and proved why he is one of the top IMCA Modified drivers in the nation. Mullen won the last-chance qualifier, started 14th on the main event field and picked up his second straight Clash at the Creek win.The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier raced his way into the lead with six laps left and took the rich checkers ahead of Shawn Kilgore, Russ Reinwald, Jeff Taylor and Johnny Whitman.Seventy-four Modifieds vied at the Clash and nine states were represented in the main event.Whitman grabbed the lead early on from the pole and put distance on the rest of the field. Kilgore worked from the sixth starting spot to the runner-up position before the first caution flag flew on lap eight.On the restart, Kilgore powered up on top of the circle and made his bid for the lead. Kilgore and Whitman had a power struggle up top as they exchanged the lead numerous times over the first half of the race.With the lead duo battling hard, Reinwald came into the picture to make it a three-car race. He caught the leaders and made the race a three-wide battle on lap 28. Kilgore grabbed the lead for himself as they made their way into lapped traffic.A final caution on lap 37 bunched the field up for a final run to the checkered flag. Mullen and 12th starting Jeff Taylor made the race up front a five-car battle when the race resumed. Mullen picked his way around both Reinwald and Whitman, then set his sights on Kilgore and had all the open air he needed down low.With Kilgore working the top, Mullen ran the shortest way around the track. Mullen shot into the lead with six laps remaining and never looked back in capturing his second straight Clash at the Creek win.Brandon Czarapata was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and, for a second straight night, Kelsy Hayes prevailed in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Modified feature results – 1. Mike Mullen, Seymour; 2. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 3. Russ Reinwald, Juneau; 4. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 5. Johnny Whitman, DePere; 6. Brad Lautenbach, New Franken; 7. Josh Long, Little Suamico; 8. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 9. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 11. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, Iowa; 12. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 13. James Tebon, Algoma; 14. Brian Mullen, Seymour; 15. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 16. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 17. R.C. Whitwell, Tuscon, Ariz.; 18. Eric Mahlik, Milwaukee; 19. Tony Wedelstadt, New London; 20. Tim Czarneski, Denmark; 21. Dan Roedl, Beaver Dam; 22. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 24. Mike Wedelstadt, New London; 25. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.last_img read more