Three held after raid
THREE people were in garda custody after an armed robbery on a petrol station.
Staff in the Topaz service station on Cork city's Limerick Street were confronted by the masked raiders shortly before 8.30pm last night. Two men wielding knives confronted the staff and held them up, before escaping with a small quantity of cash. The two men fled the scene in a waiting car. Three of the occupants were arrested.
PHILOMENA AT CONVENT
PHILOMENA Lee, the Irish woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie starring Judi Dench, will make an emotional return this weekend to the convent where she she was sent to as an unmarried mother in the 1950s.
Ms Lee (80) will be joined by her daughter, Jane Libberton, at a commemorative service on Sunday at Sean Ross Abbey, the former mother & baby home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, where she last saw her late son.
DAVID TAKES HOT SEAT
ECONOMIST David McWilliams is to fill in for Newstalk's Pat Kenny for two weeks.
Mr McWilliams said he is relishing the challenge of providing holiday cover. He will begin his two-week stint on June 9, and revealed that he has no particular plans for the two-and-a-half hour slot. "They asked me to stand in and I haven't done radio in years. And, I thought 'yes, why not?'. It should be a bit of fun," he explained.
THE role of the gardai as community watchdogs is to be marked by a week of increasing public awareness on how some crime can be prevented.
A key feature of the campaign is renewed focus on "high-visibility policing''. Attention will also be drawn to the challenges of providing support for the victims of crime. A garda information stand will feature in the Bloom In the Park festival, in Dublin's Phoenix Park, over the weekend.
STARS FLY OUT
RAP superstar Kanye West proved an old-time romantic by buying his new bride, Kim Kardashian, a solid silver Claddagh ring as the couple cut short their Irish honeymoon yesterday.
The celebrity newly weds, who jetted out of Cork Airport, were understood to have stayed one night at the Castlemartyr Resort in Cork, two nights at Castle Oliver in Limerick and one night in Laois, understood to be at the luxurious Ballyfin Castle.