Breaking: Taxi-driver may hold key to revealing Shanan’s attacker

first_imgA taxi-driver has come forward who may be able to identify the brutal attacker who viciously assaulted a young Co Donegal woman on Sunday morning.Student Shanan Reid-McDaid was hospitalised after she was set upon by a stranger while waiting to get a taxi home after a night out in Letterkenny.The 18-year-old was left with severe facial injuries after the man punched her in the face several times. The attack happened at the Market Square around 3am as Shanan’s friends walked ahead of her.A man called Shanan disgusting names including ‘bitch’ and ‘slut’ but as she turned around, he attacked her.Shanan said the attack left her speechless and winded and said that if it had gone any longer she felt like she could have died.The Market Square in Letterkenny (North West Newspix)The man fled leaving Shanan black and blue and bleeding from the nose with cuts to her head. Now a taxi-driver has come forward to say he may know the identity of Shanan’s attacker.The driver confirmed he picked up a fare at the same time that the young Galway University student was attacked and confirmed he fitted the description given by Shanan.The driver also confirmed that the man was in an agitated state when he got into his taxi.The man was due to call to Letterkenny Garda Station to pass on the details of the event and other information to Gardai.Shanan said she is hopeful that the breakthrough may lead to the right person being arrested for her attack. “I know the taxi driver is going to speak to Gardai and hopefully this person will be interviewed.“I can’t say a lot more than that but I really do want the person who done this to me brought to justice.“I wouldn’t like to think that he is simply walking the streets and can do this again,” she said.The 18-year-old from Illistrin in Letterkenny again appealed to young women not to walk home alone when out. “I didn’t think this could or would happen to me and yet it did. I would just ask young women to be so aware and to keep their wits about them at all times.“I know it should never happen but it is not safe out there for women to walk home alone,” she said.Shanan was yesterday (Tues) receiving further treatment for her injuries at a specialist unit at Sligo General Hospital.A Garda spokesman at Letterkenny Garda Station confirmed they received a complaint about the attack.They are reviewing CCTV footage from the area and added that a full investigation into the incident is currently underway but no arrests have yet been made.Breaking: Taxi-driver may hold key to revealing Shanan’s attacker was last modified: October 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:attackletterkennyMarket SquareShanan Reid McDaidlast_img read more

Luxperience inspires Personal Travel Managers

first_imgLuxperience inspires Personal Travel Managers TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (from left) Melinda Rowe, Annalize Troost and Georgina Grandi inspired by their Luxperience experienceLuxperience inspires Personal Travel ManagersNine of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers participated last week in the invite only, specialist luxury global three-day business exchange Luxperience. The only Australian forum of its kind, Luxperience 2016 connected over 300 experiential, unique and inspiring luxury travel products directly to over 450 high-end experiential travel buyers.Personal travel managers participating in the Sydney based event were New South Wales based Melinda Rowe representative for East Jindabyne, Annalize Troost representative for West Pennant Hills; Victoria based Debbie Bean representative for Tarneit, Lea Burford representative for Torquay, Luke Vaughan representative for Kooyang, Melanie Carter representative for Scoresby, Michelle Levins representative for Forest Hill and Queensland based Georgina Grandi representative for Wynnum, Annette Fyfe representative for Victoria Point. TravelManagers Executive General Manager Michael Gazal also attended the Gala Awards dinner.Luxperience promised to connect travel buyers with the most innovative experiential travel experts in the luxury market and Grandi was definitely not disappointed.“The TravelManagers’ philosophy of providing exceptional personal service to create individual tailor-made client luxurious experiences resonates perfectly with Luxperience’s values. The luxury market fits with our ethos of bespoke travel arrangements and going the extra mile for our clients. I can’t wait to tell my clients all about the incredible new and exciting holiday experiences I’ve learnt about.”Troost found the event incredibly informative, being introduced to an extensive range of new suppliers and intriguing products.“I was extremely inspired with my one-on-one meetings with a huge range of specialist suppliers from all over the world. With just over a 50 percent increase in new suppliers attending this years’ event I was impressed by the amount of new boutique and specialist suppliers. It’s this type of opportunity to gain expert firsthand information and knowledge on luxury destinations all under one roof that allows us to really impress our clients.”A key part of Luxperience that resonated well with Rowe was the opportunity to exchange ideas and attend the Thought Leader Forum focusing on the latest trends in the luxury travel market.“The pre-scheduled appointments worked really well as I could meet with suppliers that suited my client and business needs. As personal travel managers we are constantly on the lookout to find innovative ways to interact with our clients and this includes more than just offering the very best in experiences and information. The value we can offer our top end clients comes in the form of keeping up with the latest trends and maintaining relevance as travel experiences and client needs continually change.”The final night It’s a Wrap Party brought to a close an extremely successful networking event with the 2017 dates and theme of ‘Through a New Lens’ being announced.Troost views her first Luxperience event an overwhelming success from both a business and networking point of view.“This event is a tribute to the travel industry, which simply could not survive without the conduit between supplier and customer. Events like these are vital to keep the travel experience personal.”The sixth Luxperience event is planned for 17-20 September 2017.“I’ve already circled these dates in my diary” laughs Grandi. TravelManagers Australiabecome a Personal Travel Manager here About TravelManagers Travel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.Source = TravelManagers Australialast_img read more