The Ploughing Championships are an annual highlight in the calendar for those living in rural Ireland who work the land and who don their wellies for the biggest outdoor get-together in Europe.
This week, Crime World travelled to the event to discuss one of the biggest issues for communities all over the country – how cocaine use is changing the face of rural Ireland.
Nicola Tallant and Sunday World Deputy Editor, Niall Donald, took to the stage at the Irish Independent tent to chat about the threat to rural towns and villages from the growing cocaine scene and how large scale dealers are now firmly embedded in every corner of Ireland.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Loyalist paramilitary Winston ‘Winkie’ Rea died this week days after his wife Liz passed away denying justice to the families of his victims, innocent Catholic men John Devine and John O’Hara. Rae leaves behind a legacy of violence and death along with a lengthy interview confessing to his crimes which formed part of the infamous Boston Tapes. Nicola speaks with Belfast Telegraph Crime correspondent Allison Morris about Rea and the contents of those tapes which she will be revealing in a series of dispatches in the coming weeks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2 December Finished
The fate of the crew of the MV Matthew will be played out in court in the coming years as the State makes moves to seize the highly valuable ship. But those who organised the doomed cocaine plot should have considered an earlier plan to use Ireland’s coastline - and one that went spectacularly wrong? Nicola speaks to Eamon Dillon and Niall Donald about the infamous undoing of the crew of the Lucky Day and a bit of bad luck on Dunlough Bay. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2 December Finished
Special security has been put in place for a man who has been falsely identified on social media as the suspect of last week’s stabbing of children outside a Dublin school. The photograph and other details were widely shared after the publication of an article by the online new outlet Gript which has since removed the story which blamed the wrong man. Gript have also issued a statement alleging that their original reporting was sourced from a member of an Garda Siochana and backed up by a senior justice official - a move not usual by journalists who have a strong code of ethics to protect their sources. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about the fallout from the situation, the effects of incorrect reporting and the job of mainstream media to remain controlled and accurate in the face of high emotions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 December Finished
A melee at the funeral of a gangland victim, two men injured and taken to hospital and another incidence of shocking violence in a city being seen as lawless. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald as they update listeners on the funeral of gun victim Brandon Ledwige which spilled over into a frightening fight involving a wheel brace and knives Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30 November Finished
The funeral of Brandon Ledwidge saw masked youths on motorbikes mount pavements in Finglas this week as a village was brought to a standstill. The 23-year-old murder victim who was shot dead at his front door earlier this month was laid to rest in a steel American-style casket with groups of young men wearing t-shirts designed with the dead man's face. Ledwidge is understood to have been killed after rowing with a local gangland figure and ignoring orders around drug dealing. Nicola speaks to Niall Donald about the brutal death of a street dealer and about the problems for communities living at the coal face of the crack cocaine epidemic. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29 November Finished
A convicted killer and drug dealer has been jailed in the same week the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) seized his county Cork home. John ‘Keith’ O’Donovan’s run of bad luck saw CAB granted a High Court order to have his house declared the proceeds of crime – just days before he added to his 51 criminal convictions. Nicola speaks to Eamon Dillon about the mid-level Cork criminal described as one of the region's most prolific heroin suppliers to the city. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29 November Finished