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Drugs Related Arrests In Co. Tipperary

GardaTwo 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.


Gardaí Detain 3 Men Regarding Tipperary Farm Thefts

gardaEarly 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.

Those arrested were taken to Garda Stations at Portlaoise and Tullamore; detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

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.


Scam Warning -Tipperary Beware

A report and warning from regular Thurles.Info reader and contributor Mr Gerard Connaughton.

phoneMr Connaughton states, “I received a missed call this morning (23/06/2016) from +25244851237.

A quick check on Google reveals that this number originates in Somalia and is actually a scam.  Apparently if I had answered this call I would have heard a recording of a child crying or someone in trouble; followed by an apparent hang-up.

Most people receiving such a call on their mobile phone would, out of concern, have phoned the number back without thinking, in order to offer assistance to the person apparently sounding in trouble. Then they would have been subjected to a scam of some sort. A lot of Irish people would be particularly susceptible to this scam at present, with children / relatives currently abroad on summer student visas and of course in France at the Euros.

I have pasted the official warning from ComReg below which is disappointingly vague and doesn’t mention the variant of the number that called me ending in 7. I strongly recommend Thurles.Info readers do not answer any calls with country code +252 coming up on their phones, unless they have a relative in Somalia.

As stated ComReg have already been made aware of the number that is attempting to contact people. The number in question is 25244851232 and the last digit can sometimes also be either 3 or 6.

ComReg would advise all consumers to be on their guard, regarding calls of this nature.

To Gerard goes our thanks for his expeditious warning.


Two Cork Men Sentenced For Thurles Crime


Mr Don Duggan

Mr Justice Thomas Teehan was correctly accepting no nonsense in Nenagh Court today, when it came to dealing with two individual burglary cases which were before him; their crimes previously committed in the Thurles Urban area.

Mr Don Duggan, a 28 year old Co. Cork man, with an address at No. 65, Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork City, was sentenced to six years in prison for a number of thefts.  Mr Duggan, had pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle and carrying out burglaries on three known dates in Thurles, during August 2015.

Mr Duggan had previously been charged with the unlawful taking of a vehicle at Thurles Railway Station and with using this vehicle, without the owner’s consent (which he crashed), at Springhill, Glanmire, Co. Cork. He had been further charged with the unlawful possession of a .22 calibre Anshutz rifle; three .22 calibre bullets and four unlawfully held shotgun cartridges, also at Springhill, Glanmire, on the same date; all contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act.

Judge Teehan learned that Mr Duggan, had some 116 previously known convictions and was already serving a prison sentence for yet other crime, with sentencing not due to expire until October of 2020. Passing sentence, Judge Teehan therefore directed that this new six year sentence, (which had the final three years suspended), should not commence until the expiry date of Mr Duggan’s current jail term, due to expire in some three and a half years time.

A victim impact statement read out by one of Mr Duggan’s victims; a 75 year old lady living alone, no doubt received his consideration prior his passing sentence in Nenagh today.


WantedIn yet another case, Mr Noel O’Shaughnessy, a 49 year old man, with an address at No. 7, Farran Ferris Park, Farranree, Co. Cork, was jailed for three years for a burglary at Mr Lar Corbett’s Bar; committed at the end of August 2015.

Mr O’Shaughnessy, who had 188 recognised previous convictions and was already out on bail for another crime at the time of this particular incident, also pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in “Lar Corbett’s” at Coppinger’s Bar, Parnell Street, Thurles; during which a sum of money was stolen.

In February of this year Mr O’Shaughnessy had previously appeared before Killorglin District Court, charged with the theft of two Munster Final match tickets, a woman’s handbag containing €1,165, an iPhone and other items, during his visits to the Nike Killarney Store and a Killarney pub, respectively, in August of last year.

Judge Tom Teehan today sentenced Mr O’Shaughnessy to seven years imprisonment; with his incarceration beginning from today; four years of which was suspended.


Murdered Director Much Admired In Thurles Musical Circles

John-Donnelly-(2)Mr John Donnelly, the Irishman found murdered in west Turkey, on Friday morning last, will be well known to members of Thurles Musical Society and indeed some older members of Vincé Productions and Phoenix Productions, here in Thurles.

The lifeless body of Mr Donnelly, aged 64 and who was from Dublin, was found on the floor of his apartment in Bodrum on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula; port city of Muğla Province, in the south western Aegean Region of Turkey; latter a popular annual resort for thousands of Irish visitors.

Turkish police authorities have stated that Mr Donnelly died from a single stab wound to his back, indicating that a robbery appeared to have taken place at the apartment. Indeed Police have confirmed that Mr Donnelly’s apartment had been ransacked and a bloodied knife had been located by neighbours; found outside the building. Police also confirmed that CCTV footage showed visual evidence of two men having left the scene of Mr Donnelly’s apartment earlier that night, and that no Islamic, political or religious motive is suspected or indeed being considered, in relation to this horrendous homicide.

A former retired Irish Customs Service employee, Mr Donnelly was a well-known and much admired amateur Musical Director. In late 2010 he directed the cast, including three Tipperary performers, in the then ground breaking musical “Spring Awakening,” which was performed in Dublin’s Helix building and on the 50th anniversary of Waterford’s International Festival of Light Opera.

The Spring Awakening cast, under his Direction that year, walked off stage taking multiple awards; including; ‘Best Lighting’, ‘Best Costumes’, ‘Best Set’, ‘Special Adjudicators Award’, ‘Best Musical Direction’ and the much coveted ‘Best Overall Show Award’ for the 2010 Festival. The Adjudicator for that 2010 Waterford International Festival of Light Opera was Mr Tony Finnegan, also a popular Director of musical shows for Thurles Musical Society; himself a holder of many Comedy, Acting, Singing and Directing awards to his credit.

Our sincere sympathies are with his family and musical colleagues at this time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.