County Limerick pub burglar was caught with a bottle of Bud in each hand

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Moloney’s bar in Bruree was broken into Picture: Michael Cowhey

Moloney’s bar in Bruree was broken into Picture: Michael Cowhey

BRUFF gardai didn’t have to call in forensics to solve the burglary of a pub in County Limerick as a trail of items led them to a man holding a bottle of Budweiser in each hand.

Kilmallock Court heard that the defendant loaded up a wheelbarrow with bottles of beer, cans of soft drink, bag of coal and a hatchet but lost some of the stolen goods on his short journey home.

Michael Mongan, aged 23, of Camillaun Park, Newcastle, Co Galway but formerly of Bruree, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary last month.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy said in the early hours of January 21, 2018, gardai attended a burglary at Moloney’s bar on Main Street, Bruree.

“A trail of items from the pub led them to the defendant who had a bottle of Budweiser in each hand. Further items were found in his flat,” said Sgt Leahy.  

Mongan subsequently changed his mind and pleaded guilty to burglary last week in Kilmallock Court. Inspector Helen Costello said the items stolen from Moloney’s bar were 24 bottles of Budweiser, 24 bottles of Coors Light, 24 cans of Coke, 24 cans of 7 Up, a wheelbarrow, bag of coal and a hatchet.

“The defendant was found with a bottle of Budweiser in each hand,” said Insp Costello, who added that Mongan has 86 previous convictions.

He is currently serving eight months in prison after being sentenced to four months each for assault and criminal damage in Galway.

Kevin Power, solicitor for Mongan, said his client has two children with his partner.

“He went off the rails after his father died in 2005. He started drinking and taking drugs. He comes from difficult circumstances,” said Mr Power.

“A lot of people do,” replied Judge Marian O’Leary. She imposed a three month sentence suspended for two years.

Mongan addressed Judge O’Leary and apologised for what happened.

“It will never happen again. I have a bed booked in Bruree House. When I get out they are going to bring me down,” said Mongan.

Judge O’Leary wished him the best of luck.

“Hopefully I won’t see you here again,” said Judge O’Leary.

“You won’t your honour,” said Mongan.