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.
In 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.
Thurles Rotary Club are delighted to assist Mr Christopher Kavanagh, of the Sue Ryder Homes, to launch his third book entitled: “Memoirs of a Small Town Solicitor”.
The launch will take place in Thurles Library, situated in the Source Arts Centre building, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Tuesday May 24th, beginning sharp 6.30pm; with a Judge of the Circuit Court, Mr Gerard O’Brien, doing the honours on the evening.
The book tells the story of Christopher’s most exciting and interesting life, during which time he practised as a Solicitor in Zimbabwe, for some 47 years.
Do not be misled by the title of this book; apart from his life as a Solicitor, it also encompasses his life experiences as a Mountaineer: a Commissioned Officer in the Rhodesian Armed Forces; a part time Policeman; an Actor; his activities as a Rotarian; his first marriage in Switzerland and subsequent honeymoon in Budapest and Vienna; his participation in various Legal Conferences in Venice, Vancouver, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania etc. not to mention his incarceration in a Zimbabwe prison. The publication also deals with his second marriage to Wendy and his decision to settle in Ireland.
The book is lavishly illustrated with some 30 colour photographs and contains the most amusing of anecdotes; moments of terror; his sadness’s / joy’s, and is guaranteed to appeal to everyone who enjoys a thoroughly good factual read.
Gardaí have announced that as and from midnight next Friday, there will be 1,031 speed camera locations around the country; increasing by 355 the previous number of similar detection zones.
These 1,031 Safety Cameras only now operate in locations where there exists a history of speed-related collisions, relating often in death; same identified using the most recent collision statistics available.
‘GoSafe’ provider and operator of the system, currently conduct 100 hours of surveying a month and the location of all enforcement zones can be seen clearly on the Garda website – See link http://www.garda.ie/GoSafe.htm
Warning: An Garda Síochána will conduct a national “Slow Down” operation starting also from next Friday morning; commencing from 7.00am and continuing for 24 hours.
It is also worth remembering that 68 people have been killed on Irish roads, so far this year, (6 of these sadly in Co. Tipperary).
Deaths on Irish roads, when compared to this time last year, have regrettably increased by an overall 13 fatalities to date.
Three individuals; all believed to be male, have been arrested in the north of Co. Tipperary, following a seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of almost €250,000.
The drug seizures were made as part of an intelligence-led operation involving Roscrea Garda Divisional Drugs Unit, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Customs Officials.
The three individuals were all arrested at an address in Roscrea. One of those arrested is in his late teens and the two others are understood to be in their mid 20’s, and all are understood to be of Lithuanian nationality.
The arrested individuals are being detained at Nenagh Garda Station, following two separate discoveries and seizures of herbal cannabis. One of the seizures, weighing some 12 kilogrammes, has an estimated street value of over €140,000; while in a follow-up second search at yet another address in Roscrea; a package containing some 5 kilogrammes of herbal cannabis was also seized; same with an estimated street value of over €100,000.
It is understood that the drugs seized, possibly originated in Spain.
A reminder that, as and from April 1st, 2016, dog owners who have not already micro-chipped their dog and registered them on an authorised database, could face a hefty fine of up to €5,000.
There are currently four authorised databases available for registration purposes; Animark, Fido, Irish Coursing Club and the Irish Kennel Club. Each of these authorised databases can/will issue dog owners with a certificate ensuring registered details, relating to your dog, are correct and same will become necessary with regards to the transfer of all/any future dog ownerships.
Laws introduced last June 2015 saw the introduction of the micro-chipping of all puppies under the age of 12 weeks. From last September all pups being offered for sale are required to be identified by way of this micro-chipping process.
The next phase in this initiative now calls for every dog in Ireland to be micro-chipped, with the regulation being brought into force with effect from April 1st, 2016.
This current scheme is expected to bring a wide range of benefits to dog and their owners, through assisting in the speedy identification in the case of stray and stolen dogs, together with supporting overall animal welfare and protection.
Micro-chipping will also act as a deterrent for those who insist on abandoning their pets, while also assisting in the identification of marauding dogs that so often pose considerable financial hardships through attacks on farm livestock e.g. Lambs etc.