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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Gardaí uncover shebeen in Cavan

An Garda Síochana raided a shebeen in operation in Loch Gowna, County Cavan last week.

Local Gardaí attached to Arva Garda Station searched private premises under warrant for alleged breaches of liquor licencing legislation in support of current public health measures as part of Operation Navigation.

The raid took place shortly after 10pm on Friday 5th March, 2021.

Cavan shebeen 

During the search, Gardaí discovered alcohol, beer kegs and taps, cash, bar stools and other bar equipment.

In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“A number of persons were found present at the premises. These persons will all be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for an alleged breach of Regulation 4 of the Health Act, 1947 Regulations – Restriction on the Movement of Persons.”

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“The COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis. An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with public health guidelines and regulations in order to save lives.”

The spokesperson confirmed that enquiries are ongoing and a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardaí have made no arrests in this phase of the investigation.

Cavan shebeen, alcohol, Covid-19
Image credit: An Garda Síochána
Westport sheeben

Earlier this year, An Garda Síochána searched a suspected shebeen in Westport, Co. Mayo.

Gardaí conducted a search of an outhouse in the Westport area at approximately 8:15pm on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.

In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“During the course of this search, Gardaí located a number of persons on the premises consuming alcohol and informed these persons they were breaching the current COVID-19 regulations in relation to indoor gatherings.”

“Upon further inspection by Gardaí, a fully equipped bar was located with taps for draught stout and lager and a proper cooling unit under the counter. Barrels were kept outside in a deep freeze unit.”

A sum of cash and documents were seized by Gardaí.

Also, a significant amount of alcohol (cans, spirits, wine and barrels), glasses, beer taps, and a cooling unit were seized.

A full investigation is now underway into this matter and files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“An Garda Síochána would appeal to anyone with information about the operation of illegal shebeens to contact their local Garda Station.”

“In addition to potential criminal breaches by the operator, An Garda Síochána wants to remind every person of their social and personal responsibility not to frequent premises or engage in activity which is likely to contribute to the increasing spread of the Covid-19 virus.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and a real threat to everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society, the virus is still spreading, it is still leading to serious illness and death.”

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