Wednesday 20 June 2018

Minion stops traffic

There were traffic delays in north Dublin after a giant inflatable character from the 'Minions' movie flew loose onto the Old Swords Road yesterday.

Gardaí were called to the scene at around 3pm and they were helped by passers-by to let the air out of the inflatable, estimated to be around 40ft high.

One witness said the inflatable had been at a local carnival over the weekend.

Erin Van Londen, who witnessed the incident and called gardaí, said: "It was a bizarre enough phone call. I haven't seen the film but I think everyone knows the Minions.

"Nobody was injured so everyone seems to have had a bit of fun from it."

Conditions at the time were said to be very windy.

House fire injury

A man was treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire in Co Clare.

The alarm was raised at around 5pm yesterday and three units of the Shannon Fire Brigade raced to the house at Castlequarter near Cratloe.

A man in his 40s was taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering from smoke inhalation.

Efforts to contain the fire were hampered by strong winds. Gardaí confirmed they are treating the fire as accidental.

Firearms seizure

Gardaí have arrested three men following the discovery of a firearm and drugs in Co Longford.

A man, aged in his 30s, was arrested following the search of a house in the Ballymahon area during which a shotgun and a quantity of ammunition was recovered.

A second house was searched in the same area and gardai discovered cannabis plants with an estimated value of €30,000. Two males, aged in their late 20s and mid 30s, were arrested at the scene.

Shefflin charity build

Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin has urged Irish builders to join forces with the Ray of Sunshine Foundation to help build a refuge for children in Kenya.

Dozens of bricklayers and carpenters have already pledged their support to the charity.

Shefflin recently agreed to be ambassador for the foundation following the death of TV presenter Derek Davis, who had worked with the charity for many years.

Irish volunteers will travel to Kenya next January to build a refuge for abused children, some of whom were trafficked into the sex trade at just three years of age.

Irish Independent

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