A MAN has been jailed for three years for an armed post office robbery after he was caught by gardai nearby .
Mark Hynes (40) had already discarded his jacket in bushes behind the post office in Dun Laoghaire but had left his credit union documents in the pocket.
When gardai searched him later in the garda station they discovered an air powered pistol in the waistband of his trousers and a balaclava hidden in a bag in his underpants.
Hynes of Avonmore Drive, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at the post office on September 6, 2012.
KERRY CATCHES LEIBOVITZ'S EYE
The kingdom of Kerry has even caught the eye of world famous photographer Annie Leibovitz.
With a star-studded CV that includes working for top US magazines Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, as well as Disney, the photographer has now brought her work to Ireland.
The 64-year-old spent the weekend shooting in Killarney. She spent four nights at the five-star Aghadoe Heights Hotel
JUNIOR PARTY TO HELP COALITION
The junior party in Portugal's coalition government says it will negotiate terms with its senior partner to stay in the administration, saving the government from immediate collapse.
Popular Party official Luis Queiro said party leader Paulo Portas, who quit as foreign minister in protest against austerity policies, will hold talks as soon as possible with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.
The two remaining Popular Party members of the Cabinet will stay in their jobs, though Queiro warned his party will carefully examine future spending cuts.
BECKHAM WINS CRUZ SPORTS DAY
David Beckham was anything but an embarrassing dad at his son Cruz's sports day.
The football star won the fathers' race – a 100 metre sprint – at the event. He was watched by wife Victoria, who ran in the mums' race but was beaten by her fashion designer friend Stella McCartney.