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Local mother says pipe bomb attack was “attempted murder”

Caroline Sheerin, pictured outside of her house in Ardee after it was attacked.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Caroline Sheerin, the woman who’s house in Ardee was attacked with a pipe-bomb in the early hours of Wednesday morning has spoken out about the incident – saying her 17-year-old daughter could have been killed.

Gardai were called to The Orchard in Ardee shortly before 1am on Wednesday when a pipe bomb exploded outside the front door of their home in the small estate, off Hale Street in the town. Exterior damage was caused to the front door and nobody was hurt in the incident.


While not at home at the time, Ms Sheerin told the Herald that she received a frantic call from daughter Naoise. “Naoise was in the sitting room when she heard the massive bang,” she told the newspaper.

“She initially thought that the kiln I use for pottery had exploded, but when she stepped into the hallway she knew what had happened. The whole room was full of smoke and the bottom of my front door was destroyed,” she continued. The blast sent remnants of the bomb flying into the hall – there are pieces of my door still in the ceiling.”

Gardai carried out a technical examination at the site on Wednesday and Superintendent Fergus Treanor appealed for witnesses to come forward. It is the second such pipe bomb incident to occur in the Ardee area in the last month. A pipe bomb denoted outside a house at Shanlis three weeks ago.

“My daughter was locking the door just minutes before the explosion went off. If she had been in the hallway at the time she would be dead. I could have been identifying a corpse today. I was in the town at the time and got back straight away – I’ve never been so petrified,” Ms Sheerin, originally from Skerries, told the newspaper.

The I.E.D went off shortly before 1am at The Orchard, Hale Street.


“Things like this seem to only happen to people involved in drugs or crime,” she added. “I’m a potter by trade and just keep my head down and get on with my own business. “It’s now a matter for the guards to investigate, but as far as I’m concerned this is attempted murder.”


The explosion was heard in estates beyond The Orchard with several locals claim on Wednesday they heard a bang at the time.

Gardai are still appealing for anyone with any information to contact the Station in Ardee on 041 685 3222 or call the Garda Confidential Line ion 1800 666 111. Superintendent Fergus Treanor appeared on LMFM on Wednesday morning appealing for witnesses.


“The investigation is in it’s very early stages. Obviously we look at the motive behind this and the reasons these people were targeted. This is a serious incident in the Ardee area. Anyone who was in that area last night between 12am and 1am in the morning, we’d appreciate them contacting us in Ardee.


“We deal with these kind of instances often. We will deal with them confidentially,” he said added.

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