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Illicit Distillaton in Leckpatrick & Donagheady Parishes, County Tyrone 1844

Extracted from the Londonderry Standard, January 10 1844
Transcribed, compiled and submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia

ILLICIT DISTILLATION – EXTENSIVE DETECTION. – The officers stationed in Strabane and Derry, for the suppression of illicit distillation, assisted by Mr. McCann, on the night of the 5th, and morning of the 6th, discovered on the mountains of Glenmorning [Glenmornan] two illicit distilleries, one malt kiln, and a number of vessels containing feints, together with a still head which they destroyed. They then proceeded to Lough Ash, where they discovered three illicit still houses, some vessels with wort, and some containing grains; and a short way from the lough, discovered two more still houses, thirty gallons of potale, and three casks, all of which they destroyed. It is necessary to state that illicit distillation is carried to a great extent in those mountains, which, from their situation, and from the facility with which signals are conveyed from hill to hill, and the consequent assurance that their most valuable goods can be conveyed away before any unwelcome guests can arrive, seem formed for this illegal traffic. The exertions of those officers in most praiseworthy.