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Gardaí Seize Cannabis At Cashel Road, Clonmel.

Photo courtesy of An Garda Síochána, Co. Tipperary.

On the evening of September 16th last (2021) Clonmel Gardaí acting on reliable information, executed a search warrant at an address in the Cashel Road area of Clonmel, in south Co. Tipperary.

Upon searching a house in that area, approximately €1750 worth of cannabis was found and seized by Gardaí.

A man has since been arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and taken to Clonmel Garda Station for questioning.
The man was subsequently released from Garda custody without charge, pending a full investigation file being sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Thurles search warrant reveals cocaine and baking soda.

Meanwhile, here in Thurles on September 1st last (2021), Gardaí executed a search warrant under the misuse of drugs act, at No.3 St. Bridget’s Terrace, Thurles, at the home address occupied by Mr Ned Reilly.

During the search Gardaí located five small zip lock bags containing a white powder, later discovered to be a mix of cocaine and baking soda, with an estimated street value of €375 and destined for local Thurles sale.

Mr Reilly has since appeared in court and was sentenced to four months in prison, same suspended for two years on condition that Mr Reilly enter into a Section 99 peace bond of €250.


Crab Apple – Airig Fedo

Prior to English rule here in Ireland, we had our own Brehon Law system, dating from Celtic times, which survived up until about the 17th century, when same became replaced by English common law. Brehon (Irish: breitheamh,) were part of the system of Early Irish law, which was simply called “Brehon laws”; Brehons being judges, close in social importance to our Irish chiefs.

Today, this Brehon body of rules and regulations laid down is probably the oldest known European example of a fair yet sophisticated legal system of the time.

The Brehon laws; laws of a pastoral people, were originally composed in poetic verse and memorised by the Brehons and were written down by later Christian scholars.

The economics of this Brehon law period in Ireland was based on a self-sufficient agricultural economy, regulated fairly, by tribal and family relationships. Wealth was measured in terms of livestock ownership, with barter the main form of exchange.

Mature Crab Apple tree set on fire some two years ago by a fly tipper.

This afternoon, as I walked along the public right-of-way known as the Great Famine “Double Ditch”, at Mill Road, Thurles, I was reminded of the 8th century “Bretha Comaithchesa”, (Translated from Irish – ‘Laws or Judgements of the Neighbourhood’ ).

It is here that a mattress and other documents was set alight by a ‘fly tipper’, which in turn set a Crab Apple tree on fire. While half of it appears to have survived it did not fully bloom this year and failed to produce its former abundance of very edible fruit.

The Irish Green Party, currently who are partners in our Government would do well to read “Bretha Comaithchesa”, as these laws included specific regulations dealing with trees.

[Remember, shamefully, there is still no timescale on the establishment of a wildlife crime unit, despite its formation being announced 12 months ago by Heritage Minister Mr Malcolm Noonan of the aforementioned Green Party, latter who has great difficulty answering his emails].

Under these “Bretha Comaithchesa” laws, certain trees and shrubs were protected by law, because of their importance within each local community. Thus, stiff penalties were imposed on individuals for any damage considered unlawful, such as base-cutting and removal, branch-cutting, or even damage to the tree’s bark/skin.

These laws governed four classes of tree, depending on their economic importance, which usually related to the tree’s fruit production, timber quality, or its overall size when fully grown. The four classes governed were; airig fedo (nobles of the wood); aithig fedo (commoners of the wood), the fodla fedo (lower divisions of the wood) and the losa fedo (bushes or shrubs of the wood).

The ‘díre‘ or ‘just penalty‘ for an any such offence was a hefty fine in the form of livestock, with the penalties graded according to the class of tree damaged and the form of injury inflicted. The penalty for the mutilation of one of the ‘nobles of the wood’, [in this case on our ‘Double Ditch’ a fruiting crab apple tree], was two and a half milk cows.


Gardaí Seek To Return 140 Pieces Of Stolen Jewellery.

Gardaí are seeking to return some 140 pieces of jewellery to their rightful owners. Each piece is believed to have been stolen somewhere in Ireland and Gardaí state they do not actually know from whence they were stolen.

The items in question include watches, pendants and rings, which were seized during a number multiple searches of a house in the greater Tallaght area, between February and April of 2021.

The items were placed on displayed at Crumlin Garda Station this morning and have an estimated value of some €165,000. Gardaí are convinced that the items were removed from private residential properties during a series of burglaries.

The items include rings and pendants worth €73,000; diamonds valued at €55,000, (latter which Gardaí believe may have been removed from their original settings), and 41 watches worth around €37,000.

All items have now been catalogued and can be viewed by the public HERE. [Note: Because of the high quality and number of the photographs in the pdf file supplied, site is slow to open, so give it a few extra seconds.]

Anyone who believes they may be the owner of any of the items on view, same can contact Crumlin Garda Station at Tel:- 01-6666200.


Drugs Valued At €13,000 Seized In Cashel Co. Tipperary.

Investigations are ongoing, following the seizure by Cashel Gardaí of cannabis herb and cocaine, with an estimated street value of some €13,000.

Photo courtesy An Garda Síochána, Co. Tipperary.

The seizure was made in the townland of Hugh’s Lot East in Cashel town, on Saturday September 4th last. Same seizure follows ongoing Garda investigation into the sale and supply of illegal drugs in Co. Tipperary.


Daughter Of Euromillions Winner Granted Free Legal Aid.


Taxpayers in the Irish Republic will fund the legal costs in relation to the daughter of former Euromillions winner, Dolores McNamara, in a court case involving alleged unlawful cocaine possession.

Today, Solicitor Mr Daragh Hassett obtained legal aid at Ennis District Court, thus allowing him to represent 37 year old Ms Kevanne McNamara.

Ms McNamara’s close family connection to the €115 million winner, of August 2005, was not discussed during the hearing and Ms McNamara was not required to attend the court in person and therefore did not appear.

Ms McNamara stands accused in relation to a minor drugs charge, contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Judge Ms Mary Larkin adjourned the case to October 6th next, same to be heard at Ennis District Courthouse.