Armed robbers target pub used in 'The Snapper'
A PUB that featured in Roddy Doyle's 'The Snapper' has become the latest to be targeted by armed robbers as a crime spree swept Dublin in the last few days.
A sum of money was taken during a raid by three armed and masked men at the Cedar Lounge in Raheny in the early hours yesterday.
It is the sixth armed robbery in the Dublin region in the last few days, following gun attacks in Walkinstown, Crumlin, Thomas Street, Bray and Bluebell.
In the latest robbery, three men in their late 20s, who were wearing balaclavas, entered the pub in Raheny. It is understood that two barmen and a lounge boy had closed up and were bringing down the shutters at the pub when the gang pounced.
The men, who held a large blade and Stanley knife, forced the barmen to open the safe and took off with the cash in one of the staff's cars.
One of the barmen was told to empty his pockets and the thieves took his wallet, keys and mobile phone, before taking off at high speed in his car.
No one was injured during the raid on the pub, which is situated in a quiet residential area on Saint Assam's Avenue, shortly before 3am.
Gardai later drove the shocked staff home, before taking statements early yesterday and carrying out a search of the area.
A partner of one of the barmen said he was "hyper" and probably in shock following the terrifying raid after a busy shift.
A forensic team scoured the roof of a garage beside a house across the road for clues.
Neighbours speculated that the gang may have hid there before the attack while they waited for the staff to leave.
Regulars were in shock when they found the pub closed around noon yesterday, including a man who brings his 93-year-old father for lunch there every Sunday.
"Closed until 5.30pm due to robbery" read a hastily written sign sellotaped to the door of the pub, as gardai took statements from staff indoors.
Gardai appealed for witnesses to contact them.
They said the raiders were aged in their late 20s and were wearing balaclavas, baseball caps and gloves.
Two of them wore black tracksuits and the third was wearing a white tracksuit top and black bottoms.
Labour deputy Aodhan O Riordain said there "appears to be a higher incidence of robberies countrywide and in Dublin", which needs to be urgently addressed.
The Raheny raid came after two young women had guns pointed at their heads in attacks in Dublin.
A woman in her 20s suffered injuries to her face when raiders fired at a security screen in Walkinstown Post Office during an attempted robbery last Friday.
Just hours beforehand, an armed raider entered a Centra shop in Crumlin and pointed a gun at a young female shopworker.