Two former US servicemen remanded over damage to Shannon Airport fence

The 82 and 77 year-olds have been denied bail over St Patrick’s Day incident

Two former US servicemen have been remanded in custody charged in connection with an alleged security breach at Shannon airport on St Patrick's Day.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Monday, Judge Marie Keane remanded both Ken Mayers (82), Monte Alto Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tarak Kauff (77) of Arnold Drive, Woodstock, New York in custody after refusing bail applications for both.

They are charged with causing €2,500 worth of criminal damage to the airport perimeter fence at Shannon airport and unlawful trespass into a taxi-way at Shannon airport on March 17th.

Defence solicitor Daragh Hasset said his clients, who were each wearing black and white “Veterans for Peace” tops in court, assured him they were “men of honour who have served in the US defence forces and will return to Ireland for their cases”.


Saying they are facing “very serious charges”, Judge Keane remanded the two men in custody to appear via video link from prison at Ennis District Court on Wednesday.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times