Gardaí dampen speculation over local shebeens

The discovery of a number of so-called ‘shebeens’ nationally has led to widespread speculation and unconfirmed reports that similar premises are in operation in Co. Roscommon and East Galway.

However, Gardaí say there have been no reported discoveries of shebeens in this area.

There has been speculation that a recent spike in the county’s Covid-19 cases was directly or indirectly linked to illegal gatherings at shebeens.

This followed the discovery of a number of shebeens (nationally) over the Christmas period and the search of a premises in Westport last Sunday evening, during which a number of people were found to be consuming alcohol and in breach of Covid-19 restrictions.

Responding to enquiries from the Roscommon People this week, An Garda Síochána has confirmed that there have so far been no reported discoveries of shebeens in the county but have urged people in Roscommon to continue to abide by current Covid-19 guidelines.