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‘Know Your Patch’ – New Tipperary Garda Initiative

Gardaí here in Co. Tipperary will launch a new community policing initiative to be known as Know Your Patchon Monday next (April 27th).  This launch follows on from the Tipperary Divisional Community Policing Seminar, which took place earlier in January of 2015.

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Pictured Shows L – R: Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Garda Annette Connolly and Garda Chris Verling who are all leading with the implementation of new policing initiatives for Thurles Town.

Under this new and welcome initiative, Garda√≠ in the Tipperary Division will in future be assigned to a specific area in each District and will conduct a leaflet drop to all homes in these assigned community areas.¬† Same will identify to residents their individual Community Garda member. This assigned Garda member will then in future become the individual point of contact in this area and will be available to assist and engage with residents, should support, crime prevention advice or assistance with initiatives such as ‘Community Alert’, ‘Neighborhood Watch’ and ‘Text Alert’ be required.

Commenting on the launch of ‚ÄėKnow Your Patch‚Äô, the Chief Superintendent of the Tipperary Garda Division Catherine Kehoe stated; “An Garda S√≠och√°na in the Tipperary Division recognise and very much appreciate the valuable support and assistance from communities given to An Garda S√≠och√°na. As part of our review of our service delivery, incorporated under our Policing Plan 2015, Garda√≠ in the Tipperary Division intend to further improve service delivery, bringing about greater community engagement and ensuring greater visibility in community areas. I am committed to ensuring that community policing remains a priority for the Tipperary Division and I am looking forward to working closely with the community of Tipperary on a number of initiatives, in order to bring about a greater feeling of overall safety.”

Masked Gang Raid Urlingford Post Office

GardaFour men who were arrested following a raid on Urlingford post office, latter situated on the Tipperary / Kilkenny border some 16 minutes (17.5km) from Thurles, all remain in Garda custody this morning.

The men were held overnight at separate Garda stations under section four of the Criminal Justice Act, allowing for them to be questioned for a total of 24 hours, before being released or charged.

A number of masked men entered the post office premises on Main Street in Urlingford just before 12.30pm yesterday. It is understood that they threatened staff and smashed a window using a hammer, before escaping with substantial cash in a getaway vehicle, latter which they set alight at Ardragh, before transferring to a second waiting car.

Reports that a female member of staff on the premises was injured has not been confirmed.

Gardaí quickly mounted a road blocks in the area resulting in three men, aged in their mid twenties, being arrested after their vehicle was stopped near the village of Freshford. A fourth man, in his forties, was later arrested in Kilkenny city.

Two men are currently being held at Kilkenny Garda station, while the others are being detained in Thomastown and Carlow Garda stations respectively.

A substantial amount of cash was recovered by Gardaí and  Kilkenny Garda station (Phone: (056)7775000) would like to hear from anyone who may have information or observed any part of this incident.

UPDATE: Garda√≠ have charged four men, all aged in their mid 20‚Äôs‚Äď40‚Äôs, in connection with the robbery of a post office at Main Street Urlingford, which occurred on Monday afternoon, 20th April 2015.

The four men charged were remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Monday 27th April 2015 at 10.30am.

“The Framing of Harry Gleeson” – Author Kieran Fagan

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Pardoned – Mr Harry Gleeson

The recently pardoned Mr Harry Gleeson, latter wrongfully executed in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin in April 1941 for the murder of unmarried mother, Miss Mary (Foxy Moll) McCarthy, latter found shot dead in New Inn, Tipperary on November 21st 1940, now raises further controversy with the publication of a new book entitled “The Framing Of Harry Gleeson”.

The new publication, by author Kieran Fagan, has caused some disquiet here in Co. Tipperary, as its contents suggest possible names for the fathers of Miss McCarthy illegitimate children.

Unmarried mother Miss McCarthy had six children in total, all born to possibly five different married men and it is the naming of these possible fathers, all now long deceased, that appears to have re-opened old wounds in the village of New Inn, which heretofore believed time had erased its guilty secret.

Children born from these same men’s marriages are understood to be furious over new revelations that their fathers possibly had other children outside of marriage. This in turn has led to some demands to view this publication prior to its recent release on the grounds that it contains names of men, one of whom author Kieran Fagan believes was possibly responsible for Miss McCarthy murder.

The real culprits appear to be local ex-IRA men and this serious travesty of justice appears to have suited the local parish priest, Garda√≠ and indeed other apparently respectable family members whose sons, brothers and husbands may have fathered Moll’s seven children, one of whom was still in her womb at the time of her death.

Did Mary McCarthy’s daughter Mary, approaching her own death some fifty years later in a Dublin hospital, inform a nurse stating “I saw my own mother shot on the kitchen floor and an innocent man died ?”¬† This publication will attempt to answer such questions, while also naming some of those involved in Harry Gleeson’s framing and details of the possible cover-up of the truth.

Harry Gleeson, who is to be awarded the first posthumous pardon in the history of the Irish State, was acknowledged as being innocent by the Irish Government just last month, following a full review of the case history.

Poitín Stil Discovered In North Tipperary

Humors of Whiskey
“What’ll make the lame walk, what will make the dumb talk, the elixir of life and philospher’s stone,
And what helped Mr. Brunel to build the Thames Tunnel; wasn’t it poteen from ould Inishowen
So stick to the cratur’ the best thing in nature for sinking your sorrows and raising your joys.
Oh Lord, it’s no wonder, if lightning and thunder weren’t made from the plunder of poteen me boys.”

An active Poitín Stil was discovered by Revenue Customs officials in North Tipperary on Monday last.

It is understood that the illicit still was uncovered at an as yet unnamed rural location, close to the town of Nenagh, during a joint intelligence led operation undertaken by the Revenue Customs Service and an Garda Síochána.

The distillation process is understood to have been in full operation at the time of the raid and a quantity of distilled Poitín was also seized. All related distilling equipment was seized during the operation and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Traditional illegal Irish distilled Poit√≠n can vary anywhere between 40%‚Äď90% alcohol by volume (ABV) and is fondly know by many other names e.g. ‘Mountain Dew’, ‘Holy Water’, ‘Drop of the Cratur’, ‘Moonshine’, ‘Red Biddy’ and ‘White Lightening’.¬† Irish monastic settlements were originally the birthplace of distilling here in Ireland, with earliest records going back to 584AD. Here Irish monks were the Master Distillers of their time, strictly retaining their distilling knowledge within the walls of their respective monasteries.

The word Poit√≠n comes from the Gaelic word “pota” meaning a pot, which refers to the small copper pot still used by Poit√≠n distillers. Illegal Poit√≠n, also called Poteen or Potcheen is still traditionally produced in remote rural areas of Ireland today, distilled from malted barley, grain, treacle, sugar beet, or potatoes.

It is interesting to note that Poit√≠n distilled legally is one of a small number of Irish food and Drink products which have been granted ‘Geographical Indicative Status’ by the European Union Council (EU). This means that similar to Champagne, which originates from the Champagne region of France and Parmesan Cheese, which originates from Parma, Italy, Poit√≠n’s ‘Indicative Status’ is akin only to Ireland.

There are presently several legal Craft Distillery companies in Ireland now producing Poitín, which can be bought in pubs and off-licences.  These Craft Distillers today produce Poitín in various flavours, achieved through the use of wild berries and fruit, thus carrying on the original tradition, which years ago would have been also often flavoured using hedgerow berries, so as to soften and sweeten this products natural rather harsh taste.

Of course traditional illegally Poitín was distilled over a turf fire prior to the introduction of bottled gas. Illegal stills could be easily detected by police, identifying the rising smoke, despite the illegal distillers choice of windy and broken weather conditions which assisted in dispersing this tell-tale smoke. Certain wooded areas also assisted in the cover-up, with dense foliage often assisting in the wider spreading of this curling smoke trail.

Irish myth and legend state that St Patrick, our Irish patron Saint, brewed up the first ever batch when wine ran short for Mass; which possibly accounts for one of Poit√≠n’s other names, that of “Holy Water”.

Beware Of Unsolicited IT Scam Phone Calls

scamalertThurles and its environs are once again being targeted, over the past week, by ‘Computer Phone Scammers.’

Numerous local people have reported receiving phone calls this week, originating from unscrupulous individuals, latter claiming to be employees of “Microsoft Support” and informing you that your computer has become infected by a virus.

If you do receive such a call, DO NOT SWITCH ON YOUR COMPUTER – DO NOT ENTER LINKS or OTHER CODE, which you most certainly will be requested to do by these cyber criminals.

These unsolicited telephone calls, which are always an attempted criminal act, could end up costing you a great deal of money should you decide to co-operate in any way with their requests.  Their activity can involve infecting your PC/Laptop, stealing Passwords or totally locking you out your equipment, the latter before then requesting you to pay a small ransom to be allowed to access your equipment once again.

The international “00201” prefix of the telephone number, being used to contact computer owners, suggests that these IT criminal calls are originating in African countries. In some cases your personal private number, when initially contacted, is terminated by these initial scam artist, thus inviting you to phone back an unknown number at your considerable expense.

Remember, when in doubt simply hang up your phone. Just be vigilant and do inform your friends via your social media, to ensure all are made fully aware.

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