Video: Elderly siblings held at knifepoint during burglary, winning lotto ticket sold in Ballina

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Elderly siblings held at knifepoint during Co Cork burglary

An investigation has been launched after elderly sibling were held at knifepoint during an aggravated burglary in Co Cork on Sunday.

Gerry O'Halloran (79) and his sister Mary (83) were threatened by a male intruder shortly after 7.30am on Sunday in the course of an aggravated burglary at a house on Boyce’s Street in Gurranbraher on the northside of Cork city. The thief fled the scene on foot with a sum of cash.


The pensioners were treated at the scene by paramedics. Their injuries were not life-threatening, but they were left shaken by the incident. Both were transferred to the Mercy University Hospital in Cork.

A GoFundMe page set up by paramedics who tended to the victims has raised over €10,000 in less than 24 hours.

It comes after separate aggravated burglaries targeting older people in the past month, with a burglary in Kildare's Celbridge leaving a 72-year-old man in serious condition, while 73-year-old Tom Niland remains in a critical condition following a separate burglary at his home in Sligo's Skreen.

Young women at risk of domestic violence

New research carried out by Women's Aid has found that one in five women aged between 18 and 25 have suffered abuse by a current or former partner.


The research found the abuse can include emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

The organisation has also said that one in three young women never told anyone about the abuse.

Concerns raised over shortage of pharmacists

The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has said that Ireland is not training enough pharmacists which could results in significant healthcare problems.

The IPU issued the warning as it called for a new pharmacy school to be established.

Last year, Ireland trained 165 pharmacists which is insufficient, according to the IPU.

Winning EuroMillions ticket sold in Ballina

Friday's winning EuroMillions ticket was sold at a family run service station in Ballina, Co Tipperary.

The winning ticket was sold on February 6th and is worth an astonishing €30,928,078.

The mid-west player has officially become the 17th EuroMillions jackpot winner ever seen in Ireland.

The National Lottery is asking players in counties Clare, Limerick, and Tipperary to check their tickets.

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