Mountjoy Packing Extra Punch Producing Most ‘Home-Made’ Prison Hooch

Prison Hooch

Nearly 400 litres of home-made alcohol was seized in Irish prisons last year. Mountjoy prison in Dublin was the worst offender.

According to freedom of information figures, 395.5 litres of homemade alcohol – or hooch – were seized in Ireland’s 12 prisons in 2019.

It includes seizures made across the jails’ estates and other sources, such as security nets and visitors.

More than a third of the alcohol was recovered from Mountjoy Prison – at 149 litres. Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon is the next worst, at 72 litres.

Almost 100 litres of alcohol was seized from two prisons in Co Laois – Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons.

The Dochas women’s prison in Dublin was the only jail in the country that had no alcohol seizures last year.