November 25, 2022

Ian Bailey claims ‘two fat ladies’ heckled him during poetry reading

The former prime suspect in the murder of French producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier has said his evening at the West Cork Literary Festival was “ruined” by the two women.

He was attending a conference at a Bantry hotel on Saturday night, hosted by author Colm Toibin, when he claims the incident unfolded.

Following Toibin’s talk on Irish fiction, the festival held an open mic opportunity for attendees to recite poetry or tell stories.

Bailey claims he was taunted by the women while on stage and said the couple were escorted out of the venue by hotel security.

Speaking to social media afterwards, the former journalist said: “After [Toibin’s] the most entertaining conversation was poetry and storytelling.

“Does feidir linn… and of course yes we and yes we will,” he added.

However, neither the hotel hosting the event nor the organizers of the West Cork Literary Festival could confirm that Bailey had been heckled.

A festival spokesperson said it had not been informed of any disruptions at yesterday’s event.

“We are not aware of any disruption. Nothing has come to our attention anyway. I’m not aware of a protest or anything like that. I’m not aware of anything like that,” she told

She added that although Bailey “lives locally”, he was not specifically invited to attend the festival.

“Colm Toibin had his own event yesterday. He was authorized and invited by the festival to be part of it.

“But the open mic is welcome. We have no control over who attends. It basically gives anyone the opportunity to attend and they have about 3 or 4 minutes to talk about their poetry or their readings. But they are not specifically invited to attend.

It comes after Gardaí announced they would now carry out a ‘full review’ into the horrific murder of the Frenchwoman just before Christmas in 1996 in West Cork.

Sophie (39) was beaten to death with a rock and cinder block on the night of December 22, 1996, at her holiday home in Toormore, near Schull in County Cork.

“Following a review by the Assistant Commissioner for Organized and Serious Crime, the Garda Serious Crime Review Team will now conduct a full review of this case,” a spokesperson for the Garda said. kept.

“Once this review is finalized, the Major Crimes Review Team will provide recommendations to the local investigation team.

“An Garda Síochána continues to call on anyone who may have information about this crime to contact the Garda Investigation Team at Bantry Garda Station 027 20860 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111,” it said. -he adds.