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Pub-lic menace Gardai raid Kildare 'shebeen' with pool table, kegs and flat screen TV

And, incredibly, when officers searched the premises they even found a separated ‘smoking’ area.

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Social media posts led to gardai uncovering this well-equipped illegal ‘shebeen’- complete with a full size pool table and 70 inch TV -  in Athy yesterday evening.

And, incredibly, when officers searched the premises they even found a separated ‘smoking’ area.

Gardai said an investigation commenced after gardaí in Athy became aware through social media that the premises was operating contrary to the Liquor Licensing Regulations and that members of the public were congregating there in contravention of the Health Act 1947.

At approximately 8pm, a number of gardaí conducted a search under warrant of the suspected shebeen and located a fully operational bar in a repurposed state.

The premises was fitted with a bar, stools, tables, chairs, 70 inch flat screen television, and a full size pool table.

There were several beer taps on the bar, along with an under bar cooler and kegs.

There was also a smoking area, store room and toilet on the premises.

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During the course of this search, Gardaí said they also seized five kegs of beer, a significant amount of spirits and bottled beers, and various bar equipment (taps, gas and coolers).

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

In a statement, gardai said “An Garda Síochána would appeal to anyone with information about the operation of illegal shebeens to contact their local Garda Station.

“The Covid-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations in order to continue to save lives.”

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