LAST year was the first in which there wasn't a single pre-Christmas raid launched for illicit spirits along the Border, gardai in the Cavan/Monaghan division have revealed.
In previous years searches were launched in the mountainous Bragan area of north Monaghan -- a traditional base of the north-east moonshine men -- for poteen-making stills. But this Christmas there was "neither any demand for, or trade in poteen" which had previously sold for €10 to €12 per bottle.
"It would appear the traditional illicit poteen-making craft has now died out completely in the north Monaghan countryside," a garda source said.
However, illicit spirits were still being produced for the Christmas market in Connemara, Co Galway, where there had been a local campaign up until five years ago to make "home-produced" poteen legal.
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