The event organised by serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly and supported by Templemore Garda College; Officers and Management serving the Thurles Garda Division, saw officers give up one days leave to return to their workplace to inform, educate and provide a fun day for all the visiting students.
Education on ‘Drugs’; overall ‘Crime Prevention’; ‘Garda Training’; ‘Thurles Text Alert’; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis); ‘Communications’ etc were the order of the day; together with information on the dangers of ‘Speed’; the use of ‘Speed Cameras’ (Garda Traffic Unit); ‘Powers of Arrest and Detention’; Equipment used by the Regional Garda Armed Response Unit and the Public Order Unit.
A huge attraction were Officers, with their horses, from the Garda Mounted Unit, together with Officers and their dogs from the Drugs Unit and Public Order Unit.
Irish TV and Radio Tipp FM were also in attendance, so expect to see and hear more on this most positive and informative of events in the weeks ahead.
Congrats to all who took part – Truly this was community education at its very best.
Following on from their extremely successful Public Open Day last September (2015), Thurles Garda Station will again host an ‘Open Day’ pacifically targeting Post Primary School students throughout the Thurles Garda District. This event will cover the areas Borrisleigh, Templemore, Thurles, Ballingarry, Littleton and Killenaule and will take place next Wednesday September 7th 2016 from 9.30am – 4.00pm. The event will target, in particular, attendances from 4th, 5th and 6th year classes.
“We are anxious to make information freely available to young people who may have an interest in policing, not just as a future career, but those also wishing to obtain a clearer understanding of the true role played by An Garda Síochána in local communities throughout the length and breadth of Ireland,” stated Garda Connolly.
Solely a Thurles Gardaí organised event; off-duty officers of all ranks will be making themselves available at Thurles Garda Station to provide information and answer the many queries from students regarding the day-to-day demands placed on Irish police in their role as guardians of the peace. They will also be joined, where possible, by persons operating other essential services and with whom our police force liaise, often on an hourly basis, e.g. the Ambulance Service & Fire Brigade etc.
Schools who have already confirmed their wish to be in attendance on the day will include:- St. Mary’s Templemore; Our Lady’s, Templemore; Templemore College; Scoil Naomh Cualan Borrisleigh; Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry; St Kevin’s, Littleton; Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Presentation Secondary School, Thurles; Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Castlemeadows, Thurles and Thurles C.B.S.
During next Wednesday’s event expect to see members of the Garda Mounted Unit on the streets around Thurles, together with Tipp FM Radio and Irish TV, who will also be in attendance on the day.
As part of the event on Wednesday next, students will receive information on matters pertaining to Crime Prevention; Garda Training; the Garda Reserve; Thurles Text Alert; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis), together with many other interesting facts pertaining to the everyday life of a serving Irish police officer.
In attendance also will be members of the Garda Dog Unit; Regional Armed Response Unit; Drugs Unit; Traffic Unit and Public Order Unit.
All in all this very positive event promises to be a most enjoyable and informative experience for the young people in our society.
A member of the ruthless Dublin gang, who viciously attacked the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran, at Burnchurch, Killenaule, South Tipperary; the former armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and a machete, has himself been assaulted in prison.
Mr Donal O’Hara, aged 24, had 19 previous convictions before being jailed for five years. The combined involved criminal gang in this case, who had more than 300 combined convictions, were imprisoned for a total of 72 years, back in October 2015.
In a recent prison attack, Mr O’Hara, is understood to have had the tendons in his arm severed, while being beaten with metal poles. Same violent attack is understood to have been carried out in retaliation for an attack on an unnamed female. From investigations carried out by the authorities; it is believed that the attack was instigated by some of Mr O’Hara’s former associates, who are believed to have initiated a “€5,000 hit” on Mr O’Hara.
Mr Donal O’Hara then aged 21, with an address at Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17; together with Mr Dean Byrne aged 21 of Cabra Park, Dublin 7, Mr Patrick Gately, aged 26 of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17; Mr John Joyce aged 19, of The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin; Mr Patrick Joyce aged 21, of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; Mr Thomas Flynn aged 19, of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17 and Mr Michael McDonagh aged 22, of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17; sought cash and valuables when they burst into the Corcoran family’s home on November 21st 2013; threatening to kill their three young kids, aged eight, six and two.
A quick thinking Mrs Corcoran managed to dial 999, and leave her mobile phone switched on for some seven minutes, thus allowing Gardaí to eavesdrop on what was happening, as this crime progressed. During the incident Mr Corcoran was brutally assaulted and suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken nose.
Mr O’Hara has now been placed under protective custody while in prison.
Two students, named as Mr Ruairí Maher, aged 22, with an address at Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and M/s Jessica O’Connor, aged 20, with an address at Rosebank House, Ballyhar, Killarney, Co Kerry, have both been arrested and charged, following an investigation into the death of a man who allegedly ingested a drug known as ‘N-bomb’, in Cork City last January.
Both students were charged with conspiring with another to possess a controlled drug, for the purpose of sale or supply on January 18th 2016 last.
At Cork District Court yesterday Inspector Mr Finbarr O’Sullivan stated that the Director of Public Prosecutions had decided that the cases would not be heard at District Court level and should proceed at Cork Criminal Court. Both students were granted bail until October 24th next. Free legal aid was also granted with solicitors Mr Frank Buttimer and Mr Andrew O’Connell respectively appointed to act for their defence.
Mr Alex Ryan, aged 18, with an address at Liscahane, Millstreet, Co Cork, regrettably lost his life on January 23rd last from a lack of oxygen to his brain; having consumed the synthetic, psychedelic drug known as ‘N-Bomb’.
A post-mortem examination last week revealed that the late Mr Ryan was one of six people to have been hospitalised having attended this party in Greenmount, Cork City. Those in attendance at the party were found to have slashed themselves with broken glass; while others were found to have been in a state of severe hallucination, having induced the drug.
Large drugs haul located in Cahir Co. Tipperary
Meanwhile in yet another unrelated drugs arrest this week; some 10,000 ecstasy tablets were uncovered during a search of a house in the Cahir area. This followed a targeted operation involving a search by Revenue’s Customs Service and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
A 36 year old man was arrested and is understood to be presently detained at Clonmel Garda station.
Early this morning (12th July 2016), Gardaí arrested three men; all understood to be aged in their mid to late 30’s. The men were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation; targeting rural theft in the counties; Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Carlow and Kilkenny.
Shortly after midnight and early this morning, a vehicle (4×4), believed to have been stolen in Co. Laois back in late June 2016, failed to stop for Gardaí at a road checkpoint set up in the vicinity of Cloncourse, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. The stolen vehicle rammed a marked Garda car, while also colliding with a second Garda vehicle. The occupants, three men, then fled from the 4×4 vehicle into nearby farm land. A Garda Air Support Unit and Gardaí on the ground immediately searched the area, later arrested all three suspects.
The scene was immediately preserved for a full technical examination. However four Gardaí are understood to have received non-life threatening injuries as a result of this incident; necessitating them to attend at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. No other injuries have as yet have been reported.
It is understood that a number of vehicles, trailers and other farm equipment have now been recovered during a planned follow up search connected with this morning’s operation. Same was facilitated by members from Garda Divisions in Tipperary, Laois/Offaly, and Carlow/Kildare who were assisted by units representing Regional and Garda Air Support.
The Garda press office have stated that all Gardaí are committed to remaining focused when dealing with travelling criminal gangs; while also working closely with agricultural representative organisations, e.g. IFA, ICMSA, to further raise awareness within the farming community in dealing with rural crime.