GARDAI are hunting two raiders who help up a newsagents with a gun and threatened staff.
The robbers entered Carey's Foodstore in Portmarnock, north Dublin, shortly after 8pm last night.
Both men were wearing balaclavas and dark-coloured clothes and one used a firearm to threaten the teenage son of the owner who was behind the till at the time.
They escaped with a sum of cash and a quantity of cigarettes before the teenager was able to raise the alarm.
Minutes later armed detectives arrived at the shop which was quickly sealed off. No shots were fired during the robbery and no one was injured.
The raiders are believed to have fled the scene in a dark-coloured car towards Portmarnock train station.
The family-run newsagents adjoins a creche and an apartment complex and is tucked off the main road a short distance from the station.
A garda spokesman said: "The two males were wearing balaclavas and dark clothing. One is believed to have had a firearm. They took a sum of money and cigarettes."
Gardai from Malahide are investigating the robbery and have appealed for anyone with information on the robbery to come forward.