A 51-year-old man has been jailed for two years for possessing more than 200 rounds of ammunition for a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Don Blaney's home was searched by gardaí investigating the laundering of money from the Northern Bank robbery in Belfast in December 2004.

Gardaí were called to Blaney's home at Passage West in Co Cork after a neighbour found two partially burned Northern Ireland sterling bank notes in his garden.

It was the day after detectives seized £2.3m in the basement of another house in Co Cork and Blaney's trial was told that his chimney had gone on fire the previous night.

Don Blaney was described at his sentencing hearing as a decent, honest, peace-loving man and a member of Amnesty International.

He could not explain how 220 rounds of ammunition for a Kalashnikov assault rifle came to be stored in a lunch box in the attic of his home at Old Church Road in Passage West.

Don Blaney told gardaí he was expecting a call from them after news of the seizure at Farran broke in the media.

However, he denied knowledge of the bullets found in his attic and contested the charge at his trial.

He was convicted by the jury and sentenced to two years in jail.