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Criminal Assets Bureau take possession of large Killarney property

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By Sean Moriarty

 

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has taken possession of a large property, nine high end cars, cash and expensive watches in Killarney following a court order in relation to ‘Operation Tarmac’.

Yesterday morning (Thursday), CAB officers sealed off a house in the Upper Ballycasheen area in a planned follow-up to the previous ‘Operation Tarmac’ raids that date back to 2017. CAB disconnected the water and electric supply and fitted  an alarm to the property, which is now in the ownership of the State.

Personnel from Killarney Garda Station were instrumental in ‘Operation Tarmac’ – one of the biggest CAB has ever investigated into deception crimes – which includes laying poor quality tarmac and over charging for minor repair works.

The gang is reported to have struck in almost every county in Ireland as well as Britain and mainland Europe.

An undercover operation involving Killarney-based Gardai under the direction of Superintendent Flor Murphy started four years ago.

The officers, known a ‘Profilers’, receive additional Garda training from CAB. Local Gardai conduct the initial investigation and report their findings to CAB.

“This is all down to the Gardai in Killarney who started the investigation and then handed over their findings to CAB who then did what they do best,” a Garda spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

‘Operation Tarmac’ was before the High Court in Dublin on Tuesday. Yesterday’s possession was part of the completion of that operation and the State now officially owns the property and assets.

During the court sitting CAB were also given permission to take possession of nine vehicles which included five BMWs, two Volkswagen Passats, one Audi, one Mercedes with an estimated retail value of €500,000 seized previously as part of the investigation.

Four bank and credit union accounts, totalling €177,104 were frozen at the time, have now been turned over to the State.

Cash to the value of €126,605 and GB£6,935, seized in earlier operations, have now become official State property too as well as 12 luxury watches, and a Louis Vuitton Bag.

 

 

 

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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