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“We have been given a great welcome to Carlow – we’ve enjoyed an incredible few days, which thankfully has continued,” he added.
Mr Keogh stated that the robbery did delay opening on Friday morning by a number of hours, as some staff had been “traumatized” by the event, but trade did resume as normal on Friday morning and continued as busy as ever all weekend.
A witness to the robbery described to The Nationalist how he thought it was a dream, as the callous thieves dragged the safes from the new supermarket. “I was woken by a loud bang at around 5am but I didn’t think anything of it and went back to sleep but was woken again at about 6.20am,” said the witness, who did not wish to be named.
“I looked out the window and saw two lads dressed in tracksuits, wearing hoodies and balaclavas and I called the gardaí. I kept watching – they had a black car parked behind a truck at the back of Iceland.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)
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A Blacklion man has become the first ever Irish (if not the world) Parkinson's disease patient to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. 54-year-old Hugh Cormack not only overcame the restrictions of his illness but remarkably also overcame his fear of heights to scale the 19,300 foot mountain.
Hugh was just 45-years-old when he first noticed signs of the disease. A former midfield star with the local GAA club, he had just taken up squash, was a non-smoker and a social drinker. He had held down a good job, as a prison officer in Loughan House prison near his home for 27 years and he thought he was in prime condition for his age.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)
Ennis resident Paudie Sheahan was presented with a national bravery award at a ceremony held in Farmleigh House recently following an incident in the county town where he confronted a dangerous knife-wielding man in 2001.
Paudie was one of 18 recipients at the awards ceremony and was presented with a bronze medal and certificate of bravery for his efforts to rescue a woman being threatened by a man wielding a knife.
He explained how the incident unfolded on Christmas night in 2001 and how he was faced with the split-second decision to go up against an armed man in order to rescue a woman in distress.
“We were sitting in our sitting room, the DVD player was new and we were trying to figure out how the thing worked. It was around 9pm and we had two children aged two and nine months at that stage.
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