93-Year-Old Woman Stands Defiant As She Reopens Shop Mere Hours After Aggravated Burglary

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A brave 93-year-old woman who was terrorised in an aggravated burglary at her home in Ballintubber in Co. Roscommon on Monday reopened her shop within hours of the traumatic experience, which saw her and her two sons locked into a room while intruders ransacked their home.

Four masked men broke into the home of Una Farrell in the early hours of the morning, before making off with a quantity of cash, cigarettes and some jewellery.

Her home sits above her newsagent shop and the attackers locked her in a room with her two adult sons while they began to search and destroy their house.

Una, who is just days short of her 94th birthday, saw one of her sons, aged in his 60s, receive minor injuries in the attack, as he hurt his ribs when he was thrown to the ground.

The shop, on the outskirts of the Roscommon town, has served the community for 65 years.

Gardaí in Castlerea have launched an investigation, with investigators keen to speak with anyone who was in Ash Park, Ballintubber, between 10pm on Sunday and 1am on Monday.