Enoch Burke’s Mayo family at centre of numerous ‘newsworthy’ events
Enoch Burke from Castlebar, Co Mayo is of one of ten siblings, all named after religious figures from the Bible.
His siblings are Ammi; Elijah; Esther; Isaac; Jemima; Josiah; Keren; Kezia and Simeon.
His father Sean is an electrician while his mother Martina is a qualified teacher who home-schooled all ten of her children.
She runs the Burke Christian School.
The family have found themselves at the centre of a number of ‘newsworthy’ events in recent years.
Josiah and Jemima were removed from Swinford courthouse in April of
this year after they loudly protested a coroner’s verdict of natural
causes in the case of the death of 17-year-old Sally Maz.
Also, in April, Ammi Burke’s claim for unfair dismissal against law firm Arthur Cox was rejected.
Work Relations Committee threw out her claim after her summons request
for additional witnesses and repeated interruptions by her mother
prevented the hearing from proceeding for more than five hours on
Burke also demanded that senior counsel for the defence withdraw his
remark that the Burke family was like a “travelling circus” – calling it
year, Enoch’s brother Elijah Burke successfully challenged Education
Minister Norma Foley’s refusal to grant him calculated grade as his
teacher, his mother, would have been the one to award him his grades.
May of 2020, Jemima Burke, a journalism graduate, was asked to leave a
Department of Health press conference after questioning former Chief
Medical Officer Tony Holohan on the circumstances of the death of Sally
had gained access to the conference by claiming to be a journalist with
The Western News – a Galway based newspaper that ceased publication in
In 2014, Enoch, Ammi, Isaac and Kezia Burke were banned for life from membership of societies at NUI Galway.
They claimed victimisation on religious grounds.
University Society Co-ordination Group countered that the siblings had
distributed leaflets using the college logo including ones against gay
marriage that connected it to paedophilia and incest.
court case held in November last year concluded with Judge Raymond
Groake finding the sanction was within the rules and errors in procedure
by the college did not constitute discrimination on religious grounds.