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Armed men raid security van

Two armed men got away with a sum of cash from a security van in Shercock, Co Cavan, yesterday . They held up the G4S security van as it delivered money to the National Irish Bank just before noon in the town.

Both men wore balaclavas but gardaí have not released details of the weapons used by the robbers for operational reasons.

Garda Insp Ray McMahon of Bailieboro said gardaí would like to hear from anybody who may have seen any suspicious activity in Shercock either before or after the robbery occurred.

Gardaí are interested in a blue Honda Accord car with Northern registration plates which was seen in the area.

Angler lands huge salmon in Nore

The Central Fisheries Board has confirmed that the largest Irish salmon taken on rod and line in almost 20 years was caught recently on the river Nore, near Kilkenny, during the last week of the salmon fishing season.

Local angler Martin White hooked the enormous 32lb salmon while fishing with a prawn bait downstream of Kilkenny. “This is a fish that people dream of catching and has made all the time and effort I have put into angling worthwhile. I plan to get the fish mounted by a taxidermist so I can have it forever.”

Irish Specimen Fish Committee records show Mr White’s catch ranks among the top 15 heaviest rod-caught salmon in Ireland.

Viking silver hoard goes on display

A hoard of Viking silver discovered in a cave burial system in Ballymacelligott, near Tralee in Co Kerry, has gone on display for the first time, writes Anne Lucey.

The objects date from the mid-seventh to the late 9th or early 10th centuries and represent the first find of Viking silver in the county.

They are on display at the Kerry County Museum.

The site is “hugely” significant, showing the Vikings were well settled in Kerry, archaeologist Michael Connolly told a public lecture in Tralee last night.

The hoard of pure silver ingots, shears, combs and other objects was discovered in 1999.

Mother dies in school run crash

A 45-year-old woman was killed when the car she was driving was in collision with a sweeper lorry as she was bringing her six-year-old daughter to school in north Cork yesterday morning.

Rhonda Holland from Rea’s Cross, Killavullen, was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision at Kilconway on the main Mallow to Fermoy road some two miles west of Castletownroche at about 9.15am.

Ms Holland’s daughter was a rear-seat passenger and wasn’t seriously injured in the collision.

The driver of the sweeper lorry, a 38-year-old man from Lombardstown suffered minor injuries in the collision.