Two gardai injured as patrol car is rammed by man armed with knife
TWO gardai were injured after their patrol car was rammed by a stolen van yesterday afternoon.
The incident happened in the Dullargy area of Dundalk, Co Louth, at 5.30pm. After ramming the stolen van into the patrol car, the driver drove into town where he crashed the van. A man in his early 20s armed with a knife then ran towards gardai before he was arrested.
Both gardai were last night discharged from hospital.
MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER ROBBERY
TWO men, who were arrested following the attempted armed robbery of a shop in south Dublin, appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the incident.
Gardai made the arrests at 6.45pm on Thursday in Ranelagh after an off-duty garda followed two men, who had their faces covered, into the store and confronted them. The suspects allegedly fled the scene following a struggle during which the off-duty garda was injured, and were both later arrested. The garda involved received medical attention at St James's Hospital for a hand injury.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CALL FOR 1D FANS
ONE Direction fans attending tonight's final performance at Croke Park are being advised to take public transport.
According to Dublin City Council and the gardai, there will continue to be strict enforcement of illegal parking by Street Parking Services in the area around Croke Park today. Two pedestrian-only 'parental pick-up points' will operate at Mountjoy Square and the Mater Dei Car Park.
PRODUCERS JOIN EXODUS FROM TV3 SHOW
TWO producers from TV3's Tonight With Vincent Browne have left the station just months after joining the programme. It is understood that respected former RTE producer Betty Purcell and Sean MacCarthaigh, who worked as a news editor for the Irish Examiner, quit the broadcaster after weeks of tensions between Browne and themselves.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent last night, Sean MacCarthaigh said: "I would like to clear up some issues before I say anything else. I've nothing else to add for now." Purcell and MacCarthaigh are the latest staff TV3 has lost since UTV announced it would be opening a rival station.
IRISHMAN DROWNS AFTER SYDNEY FALL
AN Irishman has drowned in Australia after falling into Sydney's Darling Harbour. It is understood the girlfriend and several friends of Brendan Hickey, 34, jumped in to try to save him. His body was recovered in the early hours of yesterday morning at around 1.30am.
BYRNE WITNESSED AUTOPSY FOR TV ROLE
GABRIEL Byrne has revealed he insisted on witnessing a real autopsy to help him perfect his portrayal of a consultant pathologist in the dark drama series Quirke.
The 64-year-old actor plays the lead role in the three-part series which aired on RTE earlier this year and which starts on the BBC tonight. The Irish star said: "It's a very sobering experience. As the pathologist said to me, 'In the end we're bone, blood and skin and we're very fragile'."
EU OFFICIALS AT CONFLICT RESOLUTION EVENT
OFFICIALS from nine EU countries travelled to Ireland this week for mediation and conflict resolution training.
Some 30 diplomats, military personnel and civilians from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Estonia and Ireland took part in the programme, which was delivered by the Kennedy Institute at NUI Maynooth.
CILLIAN TV DRAMA PUB SELLS FOR €225K
A PUB made famous by the Cillian Murphy-led TV drama Peaky Blinders has sold for €225,000 at auction. The Garrison pub in Digbeth, Birmingham, was the regular meeting place for members of the Peaky Blinders gang.
SHOP STAFF THREATENED WITH KNIFE
A MAN aged 28 appeared in court yesterday after he allegedly threatened staff with a knife during a robbery at a shop in Ennis, Co Clare. Gardai claimed he walked into the newsagents on Friday morning before escaping with a sum of money. A passing garda patrol subsequently arrested a man a short distance away.
DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON RACING FAMILY
AN Irish documentary narrated by Liam Neeson about one family's heartbreaking and adrenaline-fuelled obsession with motorcycle racing will be released in Irish cinemas next week. Road, directed by Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery, tells the tale of the Dunlop family from Co Antrim, united by both success and tragedy.
COLLINS COMES OUT FIGHTING FOR SICK GIRL
'CELTIC warrior' Steve Collins has given a huge boost to the family of a cancer-stricken toddler after agreeing to be the star attraction of an upcoming charity boxing event.
The 49-year-old Dubliner, who came out of retirement over a year ago, takes to the ring next weekend (May 31) in a bid to raise funds for courageous two-year-old Phoebe Shakesby. Phoebe, an IVF triplet, from Hull in the UK, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. He takes on local fighter Sonny Pollard at Hull's KC stadium.
NO WINNER OF €10M LOTTO JACKPOT
THERE was no winner of last night's €10m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 2, 11, 21, 27, 30, and 41 (bonus 4). In Lotto Plus One the numbers drawn were 7, 8, 19, 21, 24 and 32 (bonus 34). In Lotto Plus Two the winning numbers were 1, 5, 14, 16, 24 and 28 (bonus 25).