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Police Raid On Farmland In Upperchurch Area

“Good God your haemorrhoids would turn to polaroid’s, if you had to stand outside in that bitter cold, for any great length of time tonight.  So, tell me, any news, gossip or scandal that I should be made aware of”, said I to Mikey Ryan, as he tried to attract the attention of Pat Hayes, above in the Arch Bar, Liberty Square, last night.

Attempting to hold two conversations at the same time, Mikey replied “Not much; give us two of your best pints Pakie like a good man, before we die of the thirst”“No not much now, however I did hear on the grapevine that the Peelers were above in Upperchurch, Wednesday last, not sure what exactly they were about”, said Mikey now turning towards me.

“Probably Poitín makers, sure they are world famous for manufacturing that ‘pure, clear, elixir of life’ in that hilly area”, said I, “I wonder were they buying or raiding, did you hear”.

“Don’t know, all I heard was that two members of An Garda Síochána, stopped off at a farm to interview some old local farmer, who was greasing the nipples on the front loader of his tractor. They told the farmer that they believed that illegal activity was being carried out on his farm and they needed to inspect his property,” said Mikey, before swallowing half of his pint glass in a single gulp.

“On the other hand, he could have been operating one of those illegal ‘Grow Houses’, used to propagate cannabis herb”, said I.

“Don’t know that”, said  Mikey, “what I do know is the farmer said okay officers, but please don’t go in that field over there clearly pointing out the exact location”.

“Then the Sergeant, I understand, just verbally exploded”, said Mikey, “aggressively stating he had a search warrant, which gave him the complete authority to go wherever he wished on this property, with no questions asked. “Do you understand”, he bellowed, waving his identity card and search warrant under the farmers nose. According to locals, the farmer just nodded politely, apologised, before shaking his bald head and continuing to work with his grease gun” Mikey continued.

“Typical Gardaí” said I, “so what happened next”.

“Well”, said Mikey, “the Gardaí moved off, but a short time later, the old farmer heard loud screams. On raising his eyes, he spotted the two cops running for their life, being chased by his massive Hereford bull, which boasts having the longest horns in Munster. From the farmers vantage point, with every step, that bull was rapidly gaining ground on the Gardaí, and it seemed likely that they could get badly gored, before the men could reach the safety of a nearby high wooden fence”.

“The old farmer threw down his grease gun”, said Mikey, “and ran to the fence while yelling at the top of his lungs, your search warrant, your search warrant, show him your feckin search warrant!!

“You better give us the same again Pat, when you’re ready”, said I.


Jury Will Visit Location Of Tipperary Murder Scene

A jury selected in the murder trial of a Tipperary farmer, latter who pleaded not guilty to the murder of a 52-year-old man in Co. Tipperary, have been informed that they are required to visit the possible location of this incident, during the estimated forthcoming eight week trial period.

The court case, involving 50-year-old Mr Patrick (Pat) Quirke of Breanshamore, Co. Tipperary, was due to get under way today at the Central Criminal Court, however, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon has asked the jury to return to Court next Friday, when it is expected the trial will at last begin.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon informed the jury that the incident at the centre of this trial is alleged to have occurred in Co. Tipperary and it could be beneficial to the case if they were taken to that location in the coming week, by coach.

The accused, Mr Patrick Quirke, denies the murder of Mr Bobby Ryan, latter a lorry driver and part-time Disc Jockey, at an unknown location on a date between June 3rd 2011 and April 13th 2013.

The accused Mr Quirke had been arrested on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 5.10pm in Grangemore, Co. Tipperary, before being brought to Tipperary Garda station, where he was later charged at 6.30pm.

Having been presented before a sitting of Tipperary District Court, Justice M/s Marie Keane had remanded Mr Quirke be held in custody to appear at Thurles District Court on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017.

Mr Ryan’s body was located in a slurry tank on a farm at Fawnagown, Co. Tipperary, having been previously classified as a missing person for almost two years.


Note On Tipperary’s Fr. P. Ryan Released Under State Archive Rule

A secret ‘briefing note’, now released as part of the 1988 Irish State Archive 30-year rule, (Period for which Irish confidential government documents are restricted from public viewing by taxpayers), sheds new light on the non-extradition to Britain of a Tipperary born Irish Roman Catholic priest, accused by British intelligence of being an IRA volunteer.

This refused extradition to Britain was to spark an angry stand-off between the then Irish government led by An Taoiseach Mr Charles J. (C.J.) Haughey and the British government, then led by the now Late Mrs Margaret (Maggie) Thatcher.

Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan.

Fr. Ryan contested the European Parliamentary Elections in 1989, as a Sinn Féin supported Independent, however, he failed to be elected, but received over 30,000 votes.

The priest in question was Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan, born on June 26th, 1930, in Rossmore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, and one of six children born to a rural farming family.

Paddy Ryan attended the local Christian Brothers School (CBS) here in Thurles and later the Pallottine College, Thurles, going on to train in the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, before being ordained on June 6th, 1954.

As a member of the Pallottine Order, he went to work on the missions in the diocese of Mbulu, one of the six districts of the Manyara Region of Tanzania and then later in America and later still in the city of London.

Fr. Ryan had shown no great interest in politics beyond a hatred for past and present British rule on the island of Ireland, however the Catholic Church and the Pallottine Order would formally suspend him from priestly duties after he refused a transfer to a parish church in England.  Later during a trip to Rome in the summer of that year, he is reported to have informed Italian priests that he hoped that the IRA would bomb the centre of London.

By the Autumn of 1973, he was shuttling back and forth between Dublin and Geneva, opening bank accounts and transferring funding (over £1,000,000) reportedly granted by his newly acquired contacts within Libyan Military Intelligence in Tripoli.

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Criminal Assets Bureau Identify 29 Targets In Co. Tipperary

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) have targeted some 50% more individuals in the past two years; jumping from 600 to 973 individuals currently under investigation this year. This increase in investigations follows briefings previously furnished by CAB officers to all joint policing committees around Ireland; latter briefings credited for the major success in identifying new targets.

A breakdown of those criminals targeted, indicate that some 48% of them are based in our murder / drug / crime ridden capital of Dublin City, with the Western area of the city providing 177 targets; the Southern area 110; the Northern area 80; the North Central division 46, with Dublin South Central and the East some 49 identified criminal targets.

Outside of our crime ridden capital city, the County of Limerick not surprisingly tops the poll with 72 such targets, while in our own County of Tipperary 29 targets have been identified.

Other divisions have targeted 40 each in Meath and Wexford; Kildare 38; Louth 33; Cavan-Monaghan 25; Kerry and Offaly each 22; Kilkenny-Carlow 20; Cork City 18 and Galway 17.

CAB, while continuing to increase their drive against motorised, travelling gangs, latter responsible for the massive increase in rural crime in the past few years; CAB claims to have served some 18 tax assessments against identified suspects this year alone, compared with seven such tax assessments in 2017.

As well as drugs, burglary and theft offences; including their recent success in tackling the stripping down of 4×4 stolen vehicle; CAB has also been active in investigating and clamping down on Social Welfare fraud, with Social Welfare debts collected to-date, well above the figure amassed in 2017.

The bureau has now trained in total 378 profilers from around the country, of which 350 are members of the Gardaí; an increase of one hundred above last year’s figure. CAB claim to have received 177 new cases identified by these local profilers, compared with 101 cases in 2017 and 66 such in 2016.


Tipperary Road Accident Victim Dies

It is with regret we learn that the 39-year-old male, who received serious injuries, when struck by a lorry on the N24 at Knockanore near Clonmel, at approximately 6.30pm on Tuesday evening last, has died in hospital.

The victim was pronounced dead in South Tipperary General Hospital yesterday evening.

The local Coroner has been notified.

Meanwhile, Gardaí investigating the incident are continuing to appeal for witnesses. They can be contacted at Clonmel Garda Station Tel: 052 6177640 or via the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.