Gardaí raid illegal "Shebeen" in Westport, Co Mayo

Tuesday, January 5

Gardaí raided an illegal “pub” in County Mayo on Sunday night.

A search warrant had been issued on the “Shebeen” that was operating in an outhouse in Westport.

Gardaí informed a number of people that were found in the premises consuming alcohol, that they were breaching the current COVID-19 regulations in relation to indoor gatherings.

The premises had a fully equipped bar 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.

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.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone with information about the operation of illegal “Shebeens” to contact their local Garda Station.