Saturday 21 October 2017

Revenue raid uncovers massive poitin factory

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

A poitin distillery found by customs officers has been described as "the most significant" discovery of its kind in recent years.

Officers from the Revenue's customs services made the discovery of the fully operational, illicit distillery in a rural area close to Ballyconnell, Co Cavan.

A Revenue spokesman said the discovery was made during "routine checks" in the area, just half a mile from the Border.

The officers discovered the facility in a "closed shed in a farmyard" and found a man, in his 40s, on the premises. He is being questioned.

Over 2,000 litres of alcohol 'liquid wash' – used in the poitin distilling process – was discovered at the scene. In addition, there were 900 empty bottles, two copper cylinder tanks, seven 200-litre barrels and one pump.

Irish Independent

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