Aran Islands pub flooded with beer after burglar leaves taps on

Thousands of euro in damage caused to Joe Watty’s pub in St Patrick’s Day raid

Joe Watty’s pub in Kilronan, Inis Mór, was burgled on the morning of St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Google Maps

Joe Watty’s pub in Kilronan, Inis Mór, was burgled on the morning of St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Google Maps

 

An Aran Islands pub was flooded with beer after a burglar left 16 of its taps running in the early hours of St Patrick’s Day.

According to the Connacht Tribune, a raider stole about €500 in cash and cigarettes from Joe Watty’s pub on Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands, off the coast of Co Galway.

But the culprit also caused an estimated €5,000 worth of damage to the Kilronan establishment’s flooring by turning all the beer taps on an leaving them running.

Connemara councillor Joe Folan condemned what he described to the Tribune as a nasty and spiteful robbery.

“Breaking into a pub is bad enough, but to leave the beer taps running is both spiteful and nasty. Whoever is responsible for this incident should be ashamed of themselves”, he said. “This is totally out of character for the island and has to be condemned.”

Gardaí have sought the assistance of anyone who might have spotted activity around the pub at about 5am on Saturday morning.