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Myth Regarding Queen Victoria & Famine Relief Not Justified.

On Monday last, three men, named as Antoin Breathnach, Tom O’Connor and Diarmaid O’Cadhla, all members of a grouping calling themselves “Cork Street Names Campaign”, denied causing actual criminal damage by blackening out the name “Queen Victoria” on Cork street signs, (in both the English and Irish script). All three were oddly described by Judge Paul Kelly, who heard their case, as “people of the utmost sincerity”.

The accused admitted that on February 2nd, 2017, street names at Victoria Road (on both sides of the street), Victoria Cross Roads (on both sides of the street) and Victoria Street on the north side of the city, were damaged by them, using black paint.

However, the Judge pointed out that their actions did not entitle them to break the law, in furthering their deluded convictions. Accepting they did not go out to cause wanton vandalism, he acknowledged it was precise damage in furtherance of a particular view and found the facts proven and under the law was therefore not permissible.

The judge fined each of the three offenders €250 to be paid to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as a charitable contribution to finalise the matter at Cork District Court.

However, the accused appear to have picked up their knowledge of Irish history from their local pub, from an uneducated republican sympathiser just before closing time, believing the myth that Queen Victoria [known in Ireland in later decades as the “Famine Queen”, following a speech by Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne McBride, (1866 – 1953), long-time love interest of Irish poet W. B. Yeats.] had only donated a miserable £5 to famine relief here in Ireland.

The truth of the matter of course is that Queen Victoria had donated the sum of £2,000, [equivalent of £200,000 today], from her own personal resources, thus making her the largest single donor to Great Famine (1845 1849) relief in Ireland.

She also was patron of a charity that fundraised, publishing two ‘Queen’s Letters’, during Black 47. The first letter was published in March 1847 and the second in October 1847. In these letters she asked people in Britain to donate money to relieve Irish distress. The first letter was printed in the main newspapers and read out at all services in Anglican churches.

Following their publication, a proclamation was announced indicating that March 24th 1847 would be chosen as a day for a ‘General Fast and Humiliation before Almighty God’, with the proceeds to be distributed in Ireland.

The queen’s first letter raised £170,571, (In today’s money multiply by 1,000) the second raised £30,167 (In today’s money again multiply by 1,000).

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Gardaí Continue War On Tipperary Drug Dealers

Picture courtesy An Garda Síochána, Tipperary.

Gardaí have arrested a woman and seized drugs and cash; same with an estimated street value of €10,000, in the village of Fethard in Co. Tipperary.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Fethard area, Gardaí from the Clonmel District Drugs Unit, assisted by uniform Gardaí from Clonmel, carried out a search at an address at Gort an Óir, on Saturday last, December 5th.

During the course of the search Gardaí seized an estimated €9,200 of suspected cocaine and €1,290 in cash, together with drug paraphernalia including a weighing scales, filling container, a plastic funnel and plastic bags for packaging.

As part of this investigation, three follow-up searches were carried out this evening in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, with the assistance of the Southern Regional Dog Unit. As a result Gardaí seized a small amounts of suspected cannabis and cocaine.

A woman, aged in her 20’s, has since been arrested in connection with the investigation.


Community Santa For Seniors Campaign

An Garda Síochána Tipperary

Tipperary Gardaí report that their Community Santa for Seniors campaign has now spread to the Tipperary Garda district.

“Our Community Santa for Seniors campaign has now spread to the Tipperary Garda district. Our aim is to personally deliver Christmas gifts and cards to seniors in all our local Nursing Homes.

Our seniors have had a difficult time during this pandemic and we are asking for your help to spread some Christmas cheer their way.

Local primary school children can send in Christmas cards to bring a smile to their face this festive season.

Members of the public can donate a small gift to their local Garda station.

Note: Final date for Gift Donations is 11th December 2020.


Cannabis Seized In Moyglass, Fethard Area Of Tipperary

On Saturday evening last, November 28th, 2020, at 7.30pm, members of the Clonmel District Drugs Unit, assisted by the Community Policing Unit, carried out a search at an address close to the village of Moyglass, Fethard, Co Tipperary.

During the course of this search, suspected cannabis packed in individual deals and valued at €1,300 was located and seized, together with digital weighing scales and packaging materials.

A man in his 20’s was arrested at the scene and detained at Clonmel Garda Station.

We understand the arrested male has since been released, pending the submission of a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, (DPP).


Another Drug Stash Located In Tipperary Field

Tipperary Gardaí, as part of their war on the sale and supply of illegal drugs, have seized drugs to the estimate value of €5,000, from a field in Clonmel, South Co. Tipperary.

Picture courtesy An Garda Síochána, Tipperary.

As part of an ongoing operation specifically targeting the sale and supply of amphetamine and other drugs in Tipperary; Gardaí from the Clonmel District Drugs Unit, assisted by uniformed Gardaí from Clonmel Garda Station, carried out a search on a house in the Old Bridge area of Clonmel, close to Raheen Road, at around 1:00pm today.

As part of their exploration, Gardaí searched an adjacent field to this property and discovered cocaine to the value of €4,250, cannabis herb to the value of €500, together with alprazolam valued at €150.

The latter drug Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect.

To date no arrests have been made, however Gardai are following a definite line of enquiry.