Shopkeeper brushes off raider attack
A shopkeeper adopted granny's traditional approach to a would-be raider in his popular sweetshop – he took the sweeping brush to him.
Ja Quinn was behind the counter of his Bishop Street shop in Tuam, Co Galway, when a man carrying an iron bar rushed in, demanding that Ja hand over the contents of the till.
However, his exit just was quicker than his entry, as the shopkeeper chased him off with his trusty brush.
"I hadn't time to think. I just grabbed the nearest thing to hand, the sweeping brush, and came out from behind the counter and ran him out the door. To be honest, it probably wasn't the wisest thing to do, but that's how it happened. I only got to think about it afterwards," he said.
"We've had people come through the roof and the back and the door while the shop was closed, but this is the first time anything like this has happened.
"He obviously hadn't done his market research as we don't keep much cash on the premises. He'd have been better off grabbing a few bars of chocolate," Ja added.
Gardai were quickly on the scene and a man they spoke to in the nearby Palace Grounds is said to be helping them with their inquiries.