Poons is gone

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 8, 2009

Category: The Political Weblog Movement

This entry was posted on
Monday, June 8th, 2009
9:30 am and is filed
under The Political Weblog Movement.

“As many of you will by now be aware, the one and only Dave Halligan ceased to be on Saturday, 30th May 2009. The funeral will take place in Birkenhead in a couple of weeks. A lot of folks will be unable to attend, so the intention is to have a ceremony of our own in order to share our memories of Dave at a time when everyone can make it. Please feel free to post any ideas you may have here. Thank you all.” (source)

Poons was a longtime supporter of and comment contributor to Bloggerheads. In fact, his last post on his main weblog was made in support of me.

Recently, Poons spent most of his time on this alternative weblog, and I’ll let the introduction speak for itself:

Hi my name is poons and I am an alcoholic.

I also suffer from depression and have suicidal tendencies.

I tried to end it all on Monday 20th April 2009 and so I will document the consequences of that action.

The main objective of this blog is to allow my friends and family to keep up with where I am at, and maybe on the way inspire other people who find themselves in a similar situation so that they also make steps to address the issues of alcohol dependency and depression which I have found go arm in arm.

I will endeavour to post daily updates about my progress and details of the help I am receiving with pointers to hopefully help others who wish to get their own life back on track.

Despite support from myself and many others much closer to him, on Saturday 30th May 2009 Poons lost his battle to manage his alcohol intake & handle depression, and took his own life sometime after this last post at 3pm on that same day.

Poons is gone.

I’m going to have to do something to celebrate his life… but right now I’m busy mourning his death.

Back shortly.


  1. Paul.Ferrari says

    This is very very sad news – my heart goes out to his close friends and family.

  2. Pete Connolly says

    So very sad. I was following his feed and wondering what was going on. I had hoped it was just a glitch and he'd post again about how he'd fallen off the wagon but was starting fresh.

  3. Nosemonkey says

    Ah, crap. I'd kind of fallen out of contact with Poons recently – was wondering why. On top of last night's election results today is turning out to be very depressing.

  4. BenSix says

    Awful news. Condolences to everyone who knew him.

  5. Guy Gooberman says

    A terrible blow, rest in peace Poons.

  6. masakatsu says

    :(You might want to consider posting this on /links. I remember he posted his how to dry out blog a couple of months back. It struck me as an incredibly brave thing to do, and he seemed like a thoroughly decent and sincere chap. I'm sure there will be other b3tans who will be saddened by the news.

  7. Bob Piper says

    RIP Poons

    Some dreadful news here on Bloggerheads about Poons (Dave Halligan). Not long after I started blogging my computer went belly up. Using a computer at work I moaned about my misfortune. Within hour Poons had been in touch, and said…

  8. Matt Wardman says

    Very sad.Puts elections into some sort of context.I never met him in the flesh, but through Britblog online. One of the characters who took an interest.RIP.

  9. Manic says
  10. tyger says

    R.I.P poons.Sad, sad, sad. :'o(

  11. Rachel says

    Oh, hell. Condolences to his friends and family, and rest in peace, Poons.

  12. Mr Eugenides says

    I didn't know this.Seldom short of a smart comment or two, but I am not sure what to write, really. So, what Matt Wardman said.Damn.

  13. Unity says


  14. The Nameless Liberta says

    His alternative blog was a courageous one, and I know I was not alone in hoping for a happy ending.Sadly that was not to be. Very, very sad.TNL

  15. 5cc says

    It's difficult to know what to say.I'm so sorry for anyone close to him.

  16. Sim-O says

    What? To me at least, his alternative blog had an optimistic feel to it.R. I. P. Poons.

  17. Professor Paul says

    That last post was so poignant;there have been times when I've wished I could have helped someone in such a situation.RIP Poons. I hope you find the peace that was denied you in life.

  18. Chicken Yoghurt says


    Dave ‘poons‘ Halligan was an occasional commenter here and a thoroughly decent bloke. A couple of years ago he let me put an honest and hopeful piece from his blog in the Blog Digest book. Sadly, two Saturdays ago, he lost his long fight a…

  19. Wibbler says

    Goodness – this news caused shivers up my spine.Bless you, Poons – you were always a friendly face online. RIP.

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