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Attempted swan stealing in Galway city

Two men were spotted trying to illegally net the swans at the Claddagh.

TWO MEN ARE reported to have been disturbed while attempting to steal swans at the Claddagh in Galway city last week.

A local resident saw them trying to carry out the illegal activity and stopped the men, who then drove away. The incident was reported to local gardaí.

Mary Joyce-Glynn treasurer of the Galway and Claddagh Swan Rescue says they are not sure if any swans in the area have gone missing in recent weeks because “they tend to come and go so it’s difficult to keep count of them.”

Ms Joyce-Glynn believes that the attempted swan theft was for their meat, which is sold on international markets:

We assume it’s for the meat business abroad because there’s a market for swan meat in some countries. These people might not be aware that they cannot take swans as it’s illegal because swans are a protected species.

Ms Joyce-Glynn is calling on people who witness anything suspicious in the area to take car registration numbers and report the incidents to gardai.

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