Over €30,000 in cash and a large haul of cigarettes were stolen by a mob who broke into a Dublin pub over the bank holiday weekend.
The drama unfolded at around 6am on Monday when a cleaner at the Shamrock Lodge pub in Finglas, north Dublin, was confronted by two thugs who were armed with knives and forced their way in to the bar.
After the two criminals gained entry, three other men entered the bar which is located on the Seamus Ennis Road in the north Dublin suburb.
They were also armed with knives.
The innocent cleaner was tied up and threatened with extreme violence by the five-man gang.
The criminals took the cash from a safe and stole the large haul of cigarettes.
It is believed that some of the hooded criminals are Eastern European from a description of their accents that was given to gardai by the victim.
"The poor man had an awful experience being tied up. You would not do that to an animal," a source said.
It is feared that gangs targeting pubs after busy bank holiday weekends is becoming "much more common".
Gardai believe that the pub had been under surveillance for some time.
When contacted by the Herald, management at the pub were unavailable for comment yesterday.