Pensioners attacked with knives and a sword in own home
Three pensioners were hospitalised and left severely traumatised after a savage attack by thugs armed with knives and a homemade sword.
Gardai are hunting for two assailants who terrorised Willie Creed (74) and his sisters Nora (72) and Chrissie (66) at their isolated home in east Limerick.
The thugs -- wearing ski masks -- forced their way into the farmhouse on the outskirts of Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, and immediately launched their bloody attack.
They then tied up the pensioners before ransacking their home and fleeing.
Bleeding heavily, the three pensioners managed to free themselves and contacted their brother Tom for help.
Last night, Tom Creed told the Irish Independent that he was horrified by the bloody scene that greeted him when he arrived at the house.
The three elderly siblings were targeted at their farmhouse at around 10pm on Thursday. It is believed their assailants gained access to the property via a nearby railway line.
"As far as we can gather, two fellas came at 10pm," Tom Creed said.
"One of them scratched at the door and my sister -- Nora I think -- thought it was a cat and she opened the door to let the cat in. Yer man ran in on top of her and knocked her clean over."
The attackers then set about assaulting the pensioners.
"My brother (Willie) was in bed and got up. He probably made a go for one of them, but they hit him a fair bit," Tom said.
"I don't know how many stitches he got, but his head was in a fair state. He got hit all over the head and arms. Poor Willie got the worst of it, blood everywhere.
"Chrissie was on the phone trying to ring me and they caught her on the phone and made s**t of it. She has a black eye and is bruised on the face. They were put into a bedroom and tied up."
The house was then ransacked before the assailants fled.
"Willie got free eventually, but they were afraid to come out of the bedroom. One of their mobiles was plugged in to the charger and they rang me around midnight," Tom added.
"I was absolutely shocked by what I saw -- all blood and mayhem. It was a scary kind of scene. My brother was covered in blood.
"The house was torn asunder by them. One of the sisters' purses only had €5 or €6 in it and they tossed it out on the floor and left it.
"We don't know what they got at all. They have been through a lot."
All three wounded pensioners were brought to University Hospital Limerick where they were treated. All were released yesterday after their overnight stay.
The incident has left the Pallasgreen community and wider area completely shocked.
Local councillor Mary Harty said the Creeds are an extremely quiet family.
"Nora cycles into the village each day on her High Nelly bike to look after her cousin and give him dinner," she said.
"Willie would walk in and say hello to everyone he meets. He is very friendly. I can't stress how saddened we are to hear this."
The violent robbery took place just a month after a nearby family were robbed and three weeks after 200 locals attended a meeting to discuss crime in the area with gardai.
Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai on 061-382940.