Sunday 17 November 2019

'My daughter was nearly killed', says woman after pipe bomb attack on home

Caroline Sheerin shows the severely damaged front door
Caroline Sheerin shows the severely damaged front door

Ian Begley and Ken Foy

A mother whose home was attacked with a pipe bomb has described how her teenage daughter was just moments away from death.

Caroline Sheerin, from Ardee, Co Louth, received a frantic phone call from 17-year-old Naoise telling her that the front door of their home had been bombed.

The explosion, which happened at about 1am yesterday in The Orchard, Ardee, was heard several estates away.

Instinctively, Ms Sheerin - who is recovering from cervical cancer - told Naoise to run upstairs and lock herself in the ensuite bathroom.

Speaking to the Herald, she said the heat from the explosion was so severe that the small hairs on her daughter's legs were singed off.

"Naoise was in the sitting room when she heard the massive bang," she said.

A garda outside the house in Ardee
A garda outside the house in Ardee


"She initially thought that the kiln I use for pottery had exploded, but when she stepped into the hallway she knew what had happened.

"The whole room was full of smoke and the bottom of my front door was destroyed.

"The blast sent remnants of the bomb flying into the hall - there are pieces of my door still in the ceiling."

Ms Sheerin, who is originally from Skerries, added that Naoise was lucky to be alive.

"My daughter was locking the door just minutes before the explosion went off," she added.

"If she had been in the hallway at the time she would be dead. I could have been identifying a corpse today.

"She has no injuries, thanks be to God. All she felt was the stinging from the heat and smoke in the house.

"I was in the town at the time and got back straight away - I've never been so petrified."

Ms Sheerin, who is a ceramics artist, said she could not understand why anyone would target her home.

"Things like this seem to only happen to people involved in drugs or crime," she added.

"I'm a potter by trade and just keep my head down and get on with my own business.


"It's now a matter for the guards to investigate, but as far as I'm concerned this is attempted murder."

A neighbour of Ms Sheerin told the newspaper that she now feared for her children's lives.

"I've got two kids and we're afraid that something like this could happen again," she said.

"A friend of mine that lives in another estate was woken up by the explosion.

"The gardai were here all day and it seems like they're taking this very seriously."

The woman said it was the first time anything like this had happened in the area.

An Garda Siochana said the incident was being investigated and anyone with information should call Ardee Garda Station on 41 6853222, the garda confidential line, 1800 666111, or alternatively contact any garda station.


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