Two men have been given nine-year prison sentences for the armed robbery of a village post office on the Ring of Kerry in August 2016.

Marcus O'Rourke, 38, and 32-year old Brian O'Sullivan were on bail at the time they robbed Waterville Post Office on 3 August 2016, the adjourned sentencing hearing at the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee was told.

O’Rourke, of Rathanane, Kilcuminn, Killarney, and O'Sullivan, of Coolies, Muckross, Killarney, pleaded guilty in February 2016 to the robbery of postmistress Lisa O'Reilly Foran "of cash to an unknown amount" 

The pair have also each been sentenced to three years on drugs matters.

The nine-year sentences for the robbery will only commence when the drugs sentence has been served.

The final two years of the nine-year term for the robbery is being suspended and they will be under the care of the probation service.

An estimated €4,000 in cash was taken during the robbery and it was never recovered, the court was told previously.

The court also heard that a gun, whether real or fake, had also not been recovered.

"This was a premeditated robbery of an easy target," Judge Thomas E O'Donnell said.

In a follow-on chase using small roads off the busy Ring of Kerry, gardaí had to use their firearms.

It was a violent robbery in which a crowbar and what appeared to be a gun had been produced.

"The gun whether real or imitation had never been found," the judge remarked.