Postmaster injured in pick-axe robbery

A POSTMASTER was injured during a violent robbery at Gowran post office yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

A POSTMASTER was injured during a violent robbery at Gowran post office yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

Three masked men, wielding a pick axe and a wooden plank, entered the post office shortly after 9.30am. Postmaster Toddy Farrell was behind the counter, along with other staff members, and the post office had just opened for business. There were no customers present at the time of the robbery.

The masked men smashed the security screen and demanded cash. Mr Farrell attempted to restrain the raiders and received minor injuries for which he received medical attention.

“He came out and tried to stop them but they pushed him back and there was a scuffle and he received minor injuries,” a garda spokesman said. The gang made off with a substantial amount of cash and drove off through the village in the direction of Goresbridge at speed. Gardaí were immediately alerted and were at the scene within minutes.

Getaway

The getaway vehicle, a silver saloon, was found a short time later burned out close to Fenagh in County Carlow. It is believed that the car used by the raiders was driven through Borris. It is believed that the raiders had a second car waiting where the cars were burned out.

Two cars were sighted at a layby (where the getaway car was subsequently burned out), two miles from Fenagh on the side of the Fighting Cocks pub and close to the new GAA complex approximately one hour before the robbery.

Senator Pat O’Neill said he was shocked and saddened by the robbery. “I know the postmaster Toddy Farrell and he does in great job in running the post office. His family have had the post office in the village for generations. They are very well-respected and have a long history in the community and are a big farming family,” he said.

Second time

This is the second time the post office has been hit by robbers in recent years.

Meanwhile gardaí in Castlecomer are continuing their investigations into a robbery at the Castlecomer post office last October when raiders drove a stolen JCB into the front of the building and removed the safe.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious is asked to contact gardaí in Thomastown on 056 7724222. Gardaí are also appealing for information following a reported sighting of a black car and a silver car parked in the same layby on Sunday afternoon.