Thursday 19 September 2019

Cork gardai probe approaches to children

GARDAI in Cork are investigating reports of two suspicious approaches to children. The alleged incidents occurred on Blarney Street and in the Knocknaheeny area of Cork city around 6pm on Saturday, when youngsters reported that they were approached by two men in a car.

One man attempted to engage the children in conversation by the parked car, and a few minutes later the second man attempted to force them into the vehicle.

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The two quick-witted children immediately fled the scene on foot. At that point, the car drove off at speed.

Gardai are investigating reports of a second similar incident a short time later in the Blarney Street area. It is unclear whether the two incidents are related.

CCTV footage from premises in the Knocknaheeny and Blarney Street areas is now being checked.

One garda source said it was unclear whether the incidents were a sick prank that went wrong, or a sinister approach to children. Anyone who spotted suspicious behaviour in the Blarney Street or Knocknaheeny areas of Cork's northside are asked to contact gardai.

The investigation comes three weeks after gardai were alerted to an incident in north Cork where the male driver of a car exposed himself and engaged in lewd behaviour in front of a teenage girl. Gardai are still attempting to trace the vehicle involved.

Shots fired at female gardai in patrol van

Two gardai were fired upon in a shooting incident in Darndale, North Dublin on Thursday night.The female officers were on a routine patrol in Buttercup Park at 11.20 pm when, following an incident involving another vehicle, their patrol van was hit by two rounds from a gun.

Unaware that the vehicle had been fired upon but concerned at the sound made by the impacts, the officers returned to Coolock Garda Station. An inspection of the vehicle revealed bullet holes in the drivers' door. No one was injured and Gardai have appealed for witnesses.

Van driver dies in motorway collision

A man was killed yesterday when the van he was driving left a motorway and collided with a barrier in Co Carlow. The man, aged in his 50s, was travelling near junction five on the southbound lane of the M9 when the collision happened at approximately 3.30pm.

60 cars torched in car park blaze

Firefighters in Cork yesterday battled a large blaze at a multi-storey car park in Douglas Shopping Centre.

At least 60 cars were damaged, many beyond repair. There was some damage done to premises in the adjoining shopping centre.

At the height of the operation, up to 50 firefighters from Cork city and county were deployed to tackle the blaze, assisted by up to 30 gardaí, with the National Ambulance Service on standby, and the Civil Defence, whose members coordinated drone flights over the scene to assist the firefighters.

Engineers are on-site to conduct an inspection.

New Gaelcholaiste welcomes first pupils

A NEW Irish-speaking school in the Knocknaheeny area of Cork city made history this week as it welcomed its first intake of 10 students.

The new Gaelcholaiste Thraolaigh Mhic Shuibhne is attached to Terence MacSwiney Community College and is being supported by University College Cork (UCC).

No winner of €2.8m Lotto jackpot

There was no winner of last night's €2,799,480 Lotto jackpot. Numbers were 13, 19, 22, 24, 34, 40 (bonus 47). Plus One numbers were 21, 22, 26, 34, 35, 41 (bonus 25). Plus Two numbers were 14, 19, 30, 40, 44, 46 (bonus 32). The raffle number was 7983.

'Father Ted' actor leaves €760,000 in will

Actor Pat Laffan of Beechwood Park, Dun Laoghaire, who died last March 14 and is remembered for parts in Father Ted and The Snapper, has left €761,212 in his will. Other wills: Arthur Eldon, Bishops Lane, Kilternan, Dublin, left €3,562,283; John Fitzpatrick, engineer, Seafort Ave, Sandymount, Dublin, €2,222,050; Joan Taylor, secretary, Barton Drive, Dublin, €1,377,177; Mary Devaney, Cunningham Drive, Dalkey, Dublin, €1,205,982; Irene Moloney, Blackheath Gdns, Clontarf, Dublin, €1,148,332; Dora Barry, Ardmartin, Kinsale, Co Cork, €1,127,417; Joan Byrne, homemaker, Barna, Co Galway, €1,073,442; James Kelly, civil servant, Newtown Park, Blackrock, Dublin, €1,064,062; and Donald Furlong, a farmer of Shillelagh, Co Wicklow, left €737,518.

The value of estates may include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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