Man guilty of stealing Ganley trees
A MAN was yesterday found guilty of cutting down ancient trees on Libertas founder Declan Ganley's property to make hurleys.
A jury found John Keane, (33), from New Houses, Faugheen, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, guilty of stealing eight mature ash trees from the political activist's property at Moyne Park, Tuam, Co Galway on June 12, 2009.
He was also found guilty of stealing 14 ash trees from Mr Ganley's neighbour, Thomas McHugh, on June 10, 2009.
Mr Keane, who pleaded not guilty to theft, told Galway Circuit Criminal Court that Mr Ganley's groundsman, Kieran Quinn, had given him permission to cut down the trees. He also claimed that he had mistakenly strayed into Mr McHugh's woodlot, thinking it was Mr Ganley's property.
Judge Raymond Groarke adjourned sentencing until May.