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Three Men Arrested In Athlone Remanded On Bail After Court Appearance

They were arrested following searches at two houses yesterday.

Three Athlone men, who were arrested by gardaí after alleged threatening videos were posted to social media sites, have appeared before Mullingar District Court this morning.

All three, Alan Joyce (22) and Bernard Joyce (49), both of 22 Blackberry Lane and John Joyce (26) of 13 Blackberry Lane, Athlone were remanded on bail to appear before Athlone District Court on December 18th next.

All three men were charged with breaching Section 6 of the Public Order Act at Jim's Field, Montree, Athlone on October 16th last.

Both Alan Joyce and John Joyce were further charged with possession of articles and knives, contrary to Section 9 (1) and (7) of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act on the same occasion.

Bernard Joyce was charged with having a knife, which was sharply pointed also at Jim's Fields, Montree on the same date.

Garda Niall Smyth gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to Alan Joyce and John Joyce while Garda Gavin Conway gave evidence of arresting Bernard Joyce.

Paul Connellan, solicitor appeared for all three accused.

Appearing for the DPP, Sgt Kevin O'Brien said there was no garda objection to bail.

Conditions imposed on the accused included that they sign on daily at Athlone Garda Station, reside at the addresses provided, observe a curfew between the hours of 10pm and 7am, provide mobile 'phone numbers to the gardaí and remain contactable, remain within the jurisdiction and surrender their passports.

They were further ordered to provide cash bail of €500 and to desist from making videos and posting them on social media.

Judge Flann Brennan granted free legal aid to all three accused.

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