Drunken bid to 'bomb' warship
By Ralph Riegel
10 February 2006
A drunk armed with two firebombs almost single-handedly ended an historic Royal Navy courtesy visit to mark Cork's reign as EU Capital of Culture.
Terence O'Brien (36) was brought down by a garda as he approached the warship, HMS Richmond, with the apparent intention of attacking its helicopter.
Det-Gda Jim Nyhan rugby-tackled O'Brien as he attempted to rush towards the frigate on February 12 last, Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard.
Both bottles in O'Brien's possession were smashed on the quayside and it subsequently emerged that they contained a flammable cocktail of petrol and sugar.
Gardai said if the fire bombs had been successfully thrown and ignited on the warship or the Westland Lynx helicopter, the consequences could have been very serious.
Judge Patrick Moran was told that the HMS Richmond was berthed in Cork city centre for a courtesy visit.