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An Irishman has been sentenced to 14 months in jail in the US for trafficking Rhino horns.

Richard Sheridan pleaded guilty and was yesterday sentenced at a Miami court for his role in trafficking a libation cup made from the horn of a protected Rhino.

Sheridan, a 50 year-old Irish national and another Irishman, Michael Hegarty, were charged with conspiracy to traffic the horns.

Sheridan was also charged with smuggling the horns out of the US.

-Noah Harte