Armed thieves looking to rob an Irish betting shop get more than they bargained for when an 83-year-old man takes charge and helps the staff fight back.
The armed robbery of a betting shop in Glanmire, Cork, was foiled on September 15 when 83-year-old Denis O’Connor fought back the would-be thieves. During the incident, which took place at Bar One Racing, O’Connor wielded a stool against the attackers who were armed with hammers and a shotgun.
CCTV footage shows how O’Connor and manager Tim Murphy held off the thieves, and forced them out of the store
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— ABC News (@ABC) September 17, 2018
FEARLESS have a go great grandad Denis O’Connor was hailed a hero yesterday after tackling three armed men trying to rob his local bookies.
The pair with hammers climbed over the desk to confront shop manager Tim Murphy, while the apparent gunman pointed his weapon at the handful of gamblers in the shop at the time.
But Mr O’Connor, a retired mechanic-fitter from Glanmire, ignored the weapon and calmly walked behind the desk to help Mr Murphy.
Even the sight of a shotgun being pointed in his face didn’t deter 83-year-old Denis from tackling the young thugs while in Bar One Racing in Glanmire, Co Cork on Saturday evening.
And here’s some comments for this old man:
He totally deserves a medal from the Lord Mayor. @aoiph as Cork citizen could you see that this is done?;)
The way those robbers came out of the door, one after another, made them look like real small time thieves ?
— Mariaam Bhatti (@bmariaam) September 17, 2018
I am blown away!!!! This man, with no fear and being older takes on this punk! He doesn’t hesitate at all and one of them has a gun!!!!!!
— Bryman7076 (@Bryman7076) September 17, 2018
The two younger guys “did a runner!” They needed safe spaces.
The 83 year stood his ground. I have a new hero.
— Curtis Loftis (@TreasurerLoftis) September 17, 2018
83 he’s a living legend…??
— Ludwig Baron (@tallboyludwig) September 17, 2018
Source: The Sun/Sky/ABC News