Third person arrested over ‘N Bomb’ death in Cork

Alex Ryan (18) died of cardiac arrest after consuming the drug at a house party

Gardaí investigating the death of a teenager in Cork earlier this year after taking a drug known as “N Bomb” have arrested and charged a third person.

An inquest into the death of Alex Ryan (18), of Liscahane in Millstreet, Co Cork, who died on January 23rd, heard that he died of cardiac arrest after consuming the synthetic drug.

Mr Ryan spent some time on a life-support machine at Cork University Hospital (CUH) after becoming ill at a house party on St Patrick's Terrace in Greenmount.

Harry Clifton (29), of St Finbarr’s Place, Proby’s Quay, Cork, was arrested and charged with nine counts in relation to the death of Mr Ryan.


Mr Clifton appeared before Cork District Court on Sunday charged with eight counts contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act and one count of endangerment contrary to the non-fatal offences against the persons act.


Last week, a man and a woman were charged in connection with the investigation.

Ruairí Maher (22) of Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co Tipperary, and Jessica O'Connor (20) of Ballyhar, Killarney, Co Kerry, will appear before Cork District Court again on September 15th.

They were separately charged with conspiring with another to possess a drug known as “N Bomb” for the purpose of sale or supply to another person on January 18th last.

The death of Mr Ryan led the HSE to issue a warning that the 2C family of psychedelic phenethylamine designer drugs, including 2CP, 2CB, 2CI and its derivative 25I-NBOMe (“N Bomb”), are all highly dangerous.