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Man arrested over tiger kidnapping on hurler's wife

All-Ireland winner Adrian Ronan’s wife was kidnapped in November 2009, but released without harm some hours later.

The Bank of Ireland on Parliament Street in Kilkenny, where former Kilkenny hurler Adrian Ronan was asked to take €3m by a gang who kidnapped his wife.
The Bank of Ireland on Parliament Street in Kilkenny, where former Kilkenny hurler Adrian Ronan was asked to take €3m by a gang who kidnapped his wife.
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A MAN HAS been arrested this morning in connection with a tiger kidnapping involving the wife of a former inter-county hurler in 2009.

Mary Ronan, the wife of All-Ireland winner Adrian Ronan who now works as a bank official, was taken hostage by an armed gang on the morning of November 3, 2009.

Adrian was ordered to proceed to work at Bank of Ireland on Parliament Street in Kilkenny city, ordered to secure €3m in cash and to call them when it had been collected.

Ronan later called the gang to say he could only collect €200,000, and thereafter did not hear from them again. His wife was abandoned by the gang, and was later found unharmed at a petrol station just outside the city.

The arrested man, who is aged in his 20s, is expected to appear at Kilkenny District Court later today on charges of false imprisonment.

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