ARMED raiders stole more than €30,000 from a pub targeted after the sell-out Croke Park game between Dublin and Kerry.
Two men wearing balaclavas – one armed with a handgun and the other with a large knife – stormed the bar close to the stadium shortly before 1am on Monday.
A staff member at the Seabank House in East Wall had a blade held to his throat during the terrifying robbery.
He was forced to go to a safe at the back of the premises where the haul of over €30,000 was found. Another barman was threatened by a thug armed with a handgun as the money was stolen.
The two male staff members were uninjured in the incident but are said to have been left “badly shaken”.
A source said: “The staff did the right thing, they stayed calm and complied with what the raiders ordered. This meant that no-one ended up being shot or stabbed.”
The Seabank House is located less than 2km from Croke Park and is a favourite with locals for big Dublin games.
No arrests have been made yet, but sources say gardai are working on the theory that the armed robbery was “a local job”.
“These lads seemed to know exactly what they were doing and they were in and out of the pub very quickly.”
It is understood the well known pub had enjoyed a bumper weekend with a large crowd in it on Sunday for the Dublin v Kerry GAA match.
Sources say detectives are also investigating if the two men involved in the armed robbery tried to get into another pub in an unsuccessful raid also in the East Wall area on Monday night.
By Ken Foy