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Seven men involved in an armed raid on the home of a County Tipperary family have been handed down jail terms ranging from 12 to 20 years.

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Clonmel Circuit Court heard that the crime was at the highest level of gravity for this type of offence.

The men – all with addresses in Dublin – had pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated burglary at the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran and their three young daughters at Burnchurch near Killenaule almost 2 years ago. 22 year old Dean Byrne of Cabra Park and Patrick Gately age 27, of Primrose Grove, Darndale got the most severe sentences – 20 years with 4 suspended. John Joyce aged 20 of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede has been sentenced to 15 years with 4 suspended. 22 year old Patrick Joyce  of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods was sentenced to 14 years by Judge Tom Teehan with 4 suspended. While 20 year old Thomas Flynn of Moatview Avenue, Coolock was given a 12 year jail term with 3 suspended. 23 year old Michael McDonagh of Tara Lawns, Coolock and 22 year old Donal O’Hara from Glin Park in Coolock were both handed 12 years with 7 suspended. Judge Teehan said crime had shocked the nation, that it had a highly planned nature and that the level of violence was terrifying.