Priest assaulted in his home in Carlow

A priest was assaulted last night after he confronted three raiders in his home at 10 pm.

Monsignor Brendan Byrne was thrown to the ground and received facial injuries when he confronted the men.

The raiders fled the scene and escaped with a small amount of cash.

Monsignor Byrne serves in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese and has been a priest for over 50 years,  is currently the administrator for the diocese following the resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty in 2010.



Woman arrested in connection with murder of Seamus McMahon

A woman in her 20s has been arrested in connection with the murder of Seamus McMahon.

McMahon, 41, was shot at a house in Bóthar Crionn, Dundalk on March 21 2010. He later died of his injures at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda

She is currently being detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Dundalk Garda Station.

She is the fourth person to be arrested as part of this investigation.

Gerry Daly – Missing since June 26, 2011

Missing Since: June 26, 2011

Born: 1969

Height: 5’1o”

Hair: Dark

Eyes: Blue

Build: Broad

Gerry Daly went missing on June 26, 2011 from his home in Baileboro, Cavan.  He was last seen on that day at around 6 pm.

He was reported missing three days later and when Garda investigated his house, they found nothing suspicious.  His home was undisturbed and his vehicle, wallet, passport and clothes were all where they should be. The doors in his house were locked, although some lights and the TV were on.

Daly is a separated father of three young boys. When last seen he was wearing a blue polo top with yellow stripes, black work boots and a G-shock watch. He is believed to have been wearing a gold chain with a Celtic cross on it at the time of his disappearance. Daly has multiple tattoos on his arms, including a scorpion, an Irish flag and a stick figure drawing. He was also carrying a black and red Nokia mobile phone at the time he disappeared.

Despite land, water and aerial searches for Daly, scores of face-to-face interviews and repeated national and international appeals for information, there has been little clue as to how or why he disappeared. Gardaí have ruled out the likelihood of suicide and abscondment.

Gardaí say he is well known to dog enthusiasts and breeders and when the house was searched, all signs indicated that he was preparing to feed the dogs but never got to it.

His family believe that someone came to Daly’s home and he left with them, thinking he would shortly return.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí at Bailieboro on 042-9694570 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111

Missing teenager – Patrick Quaid

Gardaí at Coolock are seeking assistance from the public in tracing the whereabouts of Patrick Quaid.

Quaid, 13, was last seen on Streamville Road, Donaghmede Dublin 13, at 8.45 am on January 11.

Quid is described as 5’8″, of slight build with short dark hair and brown eyes and has a sallow complexion.

When last seen he was wearing his school uniform, grey trousers, a grey shirt, a blue jumper and a blue jacket he had in his possession a blue Nike gym bag .

He also had with him a grey tracksuit bottoms and black addidas runners.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01-6664200, the Garda Confidential Line  on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.




Over €100,000 stolen in armed robbery in Cork

Over €100,000 has been stolen from a cash in transit van in Cork.

Two man held up the van with shotguns outside Carrigaline at 4.30 pm today.

The raiders made their getaway in a black SAAB which is believed to be found burned near Ballinora GAA club.

No one was injured in the incident.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the raid, or who may have any information, to contact Togher Garda station on 021-4947120.

Man questioned for suspected child abduction in Wicklow

Gardaí are questioning a man in his 30s after a suspected abduction of 3 children in Wicklow.

Gardaí launched a large scale operation to find the Nissan Almera that had a seven, nine and 12-year-old on board.

Garda checkpoints were set up across Wicklow and the car was located in the Rathnew area.

The man was detained following a short pursuit and taken to Wicklow Garda Station.

Garda said all three children are safe.

Kildare man pleads guilty to raping his daughter

A Kildare man in his 40s has admitted to raping and sexual assaulting his daughter over 9 years ago.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to seven counts of sexually assaulting the girl on dates unknown between January 1, 2003 and March 21, 2006.

He also pleased guilty to four counts of rape between October 1, 2006 and May 25, 2007.

The man has been given bail and adjourned sentencing for the preparation of a victim impact report.

Gardaí appealing for information on missing car

Gardaí are seeking the public’s help to locate a blue Nissan Almera 00-D-44632.

This car was last seen at 10:30 am this morning in Woodview Estate, Ashford, Wicklow.

It is believed this car is being driven by a male driver who may be in the company of 3 children. The driver is aged in his late 30s and described as  5’9″ in height with black hair and blue eyes.

Gardaí are asking the public not to approach the driver of this vehicle but to immediately contact Wicklow Garda Station 0404 60140 or via the emergency numbers 999 or any Garda Station.

UPDATE – The car has been located.