Illicit still is recovered in Belfast raid (1922)

On the night of Saturday, January 9, 1922 a party of police raided 126 Dover Street in Belfast and captured a complete still – the second in the same house within ten days.

Friday, 14th January 2022, 1:09 pm
An old poteen still held by the Police Museum at Knock Headquarters. The still was used for instructing officers on how poteen was made. Picture: Declan Roughan/Presseye
An old poteen still held by the Police Museum at Knock Headquarters. The still was used for instructing officers on how poteen was made. Picture: Declan Roughan/Presseye

At the local Custody Court on Monday, January 11, 1922, before Mr John Gray, RM (presiding), Patrick Quinn was charged with having had possession of the still.

Head-Constable Murphy stated that on the Saturday night he accompanied a police party to 126 Dover Street. Sergeant Jones and a party of police went to the back. On entering the house, they found a complete still in the kitchen. The still head was full of boiling wash, evidently just having been run off at the time.

He arrested the accused, who said: “I know nothing about it. It was there since last day.”

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Brigadier General Sir John Nicholson who died at the siege of Delhi in 1857 and whose statue is located in Market Square, Lisburn

District-Inspector Armstrong said another man was fined £100 for having a still in the same house about a week previously.

Sergeant Jones stated that when the party went to the back of the house they heard a noise and looking round they saw the accused carrying out a complete still.

He tried to throw it over the wall to where there was some waste ground.

Asked if he had anything to say, accused stated: “It is lying there since the last time the house was raided. I know nothing about it. Furthermore, I am not the occupier. I am only lodging in the house.”

The RM asked: “Who is the owner of the house?”

Head-Constable Murphy replied: “Malachy Quinn, who was convicted about a week ago.”

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