‘Abduction’ attempt on two girls reported in Limerick

Denis O'Driscoll, Ballysimon Road, appeared before Limerick District Court after he was charged in connection with an incident at University Hospital Limerick
GARDAI are investigating the alleged abduction attempt of two girls in County Limerick.

GARDAI are investigating the alleged abduction attempt of two girls in County Limerick.

At around 10am on Thursday, December 19, on Doon’s Main Street a silver car pulled up alongside two pupils.

The 12-year-olds were bringing materials from Doon Convent National School to the church where pupils were putting on a nativity play for parents later.

It is understood the driver invited the girls in to the car. They declined the offer as they didn’t know the man and ran off. They informed their teachers who immediately contacted gardai.

A garda spokesperson confirmed a report was made to them.

“We are investigating and anyone who has any information please contact gardai in Bruff at 061 382940,” said the garda spokesperson.

It is understood that gardai spent hours examining CCTV footage. At the time of going to press it is believed that the man, said to be in his fifties, hasn’t come forward to authorities.

As word spread one local said the young girls deserve great credit.

“They followed the advice about stranger danger. If the man was only trying to be nice and give them a lift then why hasn’t he come forward to clear the matter up?

“Plus in this day and age you can’t ask children that you don’t know to get into your car,” said the local.

Meanwhile, gardai are investigating a separate incident also on Doon’s Main Street at 2pm on Tuesday, December 17. Two barrels of Heineken and Guinness were stolen shortly after the drop off was made.

Gardai say they believe the car - a white Astra station wagon - was following the truck and warn other pub owners to be on their guard.

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