Centra shop on Kilmacud Road Lower - Photo: Google Maps

A local Minister has thanked a local pharmacy for keeping her and others safe during an armed robbery in Stillorgan on Saturday.

At around 6.15pm on Saturday, two men wearing masks entered Centra on Lower Kiilmacud Road and threatened staff with a knife and hatchet.

They left on foot with a sum of cash. Gardai responding to the incident intercepted the car as it attempted to leave the carpark outside the shop.

Two men in the car, aged in their 30s and 40s were arrested.

A Garda spokesperson said a sum of cash along with a hammer and axe were recovered from the car.

No one was injured during the raid.

The three men appeared in Dublin District Court on New Year’s Eve charged in connection with the investigation.

The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, said she was in a local pharmacy during the raid who locked its doors during the incident to protect customers.

“Many thanks to the local pharmacy who locked its doors and kept me and some other scared people safe. “It was quite scary in real time. At least perpetrators were caught, and no one injured,” said Minister Madigan.

Well wishes have been expressed for the locals and staff involved in the incident. One wrote on social media: “Hope all the staff are ok after this horrible ordeal.”