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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pub fear as man enters with knife and firearm

PUB-goers were forced to jump for cover after a man armed with a blade and a gun entered a west Dublin premises during a Christening celebration.

The incident occurred at Croughs pub in Whitestown, Tallaght, shortly before 4pm on Sunday.

The pub would have been packed with punters enjoying the Liverpool versus Manchester United football match earlier that afternoon.

It is understood that the man first entered the premises and produced a knife, threatening staff and customers while walking around the pub.

Brave door staff intervened and subdued the man before turfing him out of the premises.

Ejected

However, after being ejected, the man produced a firearm and went back inside.

An eye-witness described how the man pulled a balaclava over his face, despite having originally entered without concealing his face, and made threats with the gun.

As customers hid behind tables, one man attending the celebration attempted to confront him.

However, the brave man was restrained by the people he was with, and the assailant fled on foot. No injuries were reported and officers from Tallaght Garda Station are investigating.

Gardai are probing if the weapon produced was an imitation firearm.

Staff at the pub last night refused to comment.

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