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Black Jack Adair, artist unknown.

Black Jack Adair

Donegal?s Most Hated Man

Ireland was no stranger to atrocities by landlords in the 19th century, but even by the standards of those dark days, the Derryveagh Evictions were hard to surpass in terms of casual cruelty. Overnight, 244 men, women and terrified children were evicted from their homes and left to wander the roads seeking shelter wherever they could. All this was at the whim of their landlord, John George Adair, who has gone down in history as ?Black? Jack Adair.

It was often said that the reason for the evictions was Adair felt that the dark, dingy houses occupied by the unfortunate tenants spoilt the view from his mansion home. That may have been a factor but there was more to it than that.

In the heart of Donegal sits the second largest national park in Ireland, forty-two thousand acres of wilderness. Here are found many iconic Irish creatures, from Ireland?s largest herd of red deer to a population of golden eagles, once extinct on the island but reintroduced in the year 2000. Here also, on the shore of Lough Veagh sits a castle. One of the youngest castles in Ireland, less than a hundred and fifty years old; it was also for a time one of the most infamous, home to one of Ireland?s most detested landlords. Now it belongs to the people, and it and its gardens are open to the public to roam. The park is Glenveagh, the castle is Glenveagh Castle, and the man who built it is one whose name was once as a curse to the lips of any Donegal native, John George Adair.

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Hurt people: suspended sentence; Hurt cows: 2 years in prison

Not saying the bastard didn?t deserve the prison time, but it does put Ross Filipo?s ?Losi Filipo’s case in stark contrast.

A Waikato slaughterman who admitted abusing more than 100 bobby calves has had his sentence of home detention replaced on appeal by a two-year prison term.

Noel Erickson’s original sentence, which including 200 hours of community, was handed down in the Huntly District Court in July.

The 39-year-old had earlier pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to the abuse of 111 bobby calves at a Te Kauwhata pet food processing plant in August last year.

The charges included wilfully ill-treating a calf and representative charges of recklessly ill-treating calves, ill-treating calves and using blunt force trauma.

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Egypt goes all ‘Game of Thrones’ on an innocent seventy year old woman


Actress Lena Headey in a still from Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones is set in a make believe medieval world where violence, rape and brutality are common place. In one famous scene the young king’s mother is forced to do a naked walk of shame by the head of the church who has seized power from the crown. In an unbelievable parallel in 2016 an elderly woman has been forced to do a naked walk of shame because of the alleged actions of her son.

A grandmother was stripped naked and paraded around her village in Upper Egypt after rumours spread that her son, a Christian man, had an affair with a married Muslim woman.

Seven homes of Christians were torched by a Muslim mob after the accusations against the son of Soad Thabet, 70, sparked the latest sectarian strife in Egypt.

Nagwa Ragab, the Muslim housewife at the centre of the dispute, has denied being involved with Thabet’s son in the small village of al-Karm in Minya, a poor province around 300 kilometres south of Cairo and home to the largest Christian community in Egypt.

Christians, most of them from the Coptic Orthodox church, make up around 12 per cent of Egypt’s population of 90 million.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who became president through a military coup in 2014, has often avoided referring to such incidents, preferring to stress the importance of harmony between communities.
But the Soad Thabet case has drawn such attention that he felt compelled to address it in a nationally televised speech, saying: “Anyone who wronged, no matter how many they are, must be held accountable. I hope that this Egyptian woman is not too incensed, neither she nor the rest of Egyptian women, for what happened.”

He hopes she is not too incensed?

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Cocaine Cowgirl

Griselda Blanco (aka La Madrina, the Godmother, the Black Widow, Cocaine Cowgirl, Queenpin) was?killed outside a butcher shop?in Medell?n, Colombia, in 2012, when two men on a motorcycle fired two shots into her head with a revolver. Despite the location, this was unlikely a beef about beef (zing!), and probably had more to do with the scores of people she ruthlessly murdered throughout the 70s and 80s.

Yes, in addition to smuggling tons of cocaine from Colombia into the United States and amassing a personal fortune that would make dotty? bloomers blush, she is allegedly responsible for ordering upwards of 200 homicides in Colombia, Florida, New York, and California.

The Godmother of Cocaine, her vicious cruelty was almost unmatched?if you owed her money, she killed you; if she owed you money, she killed you; if you offended her somehow, she killed you.?The total number of murders that Griselda was behind is still unknown. Her cruelty and reign could only be rivalled by Pablo Escobar, who followed in her footsteps. While Escobar was stealing cars in Medellin, Griselda was building a cocaine empire in New York.

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