Irish police closed a fully operational unlicensed bar during a raid in Co Kildare.
Gardai found a pool table, bar, 70-inch flat-screen TV, tables and chairs in the shebeen.
The illegal boozer near Athy was targeted on Friday evening by police on suspicion of violating public health regulations.
Irish police closed a fully operational unlicensed bar in a raid in Co Kildare on Friday evening
Officers launched an investigation after learning, through social media, of locals and members of the public rallying against Covid-19 regulations.
Gardai searched the alleged Shebeen premises around 8 p.m. and found a fully functioning bar in reused condition.
The premises were equipped with a bar, stools, tables, chairs, a 70-inch flat-screen TV and a full-size pool table, Gardai said.
There were several beer taps on the bar, with a cooler under the bar and kegs. There was also a smoking area, storage room and toilet on site.
Gardai found a pool table, bar, 70 inch flat screen TV, tables and chairs in the shebeen
Illegal boozer near Athy was targeted by police on Friday night on suspicion of breaking public health rules
During the search, Gardai seized five barrels of beer, a significant amount of spirits and bottled beers, as well as various bar equipment, including taps, gas and coolers.
A full investigation is underway into this matter and files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Gardai appealed to anyone with information about the exploitation of illegal shepherds to contact their local garda station.
There were several beer taps on the bar, with a cooler under the bar and kegs. There was also a smoking area, a storage room and a toilet on the premises
A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said: “The Covid-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Siochana continues to call on all citizens to comply with public health guidelines and regulations in order to continue to save lives. “
Ireland has entered its second lockdown, tentatively for six weeks, with tough new restrictions imposed.
People can only go within three miles of their home and can only go out for exercise or shopping.