Hurling star Larry hailed a hero
a HURLING star turned street hero over Christmas when he tackled a man who had just smashed a shop window in Wexford town centre.
Larry O'Gorman was driving along South Main Street at around 6.30 p.m. on St Stephen's Day when he saw a man about to hurl a cement block through the plate glass front window of Louaine boutique.
With no thought for his personal safety, Larry tackled the man to the ground and then held him there until gardai arrived.
'It was a very brave act, Larry put himself in great danger and I am very grateful for his public-spirited act,' Louaine's owner Carmel Sheil told this newspaper.
Carmel said she had called Larry to thank him personally.
'He told me he was driving along the street when he saw someone with a cement block and he thought he was definitely going to do damage to a person, a car or property. Larry said he stopped his car as quickly as he could, got out and asked the man not to do anything, when he fired the block at the window,' she said. 'He then hung on to the man until the guards arrived.'
Carmel estimated the damage at at least €1,200.