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Dublin gran jumps on moving vehicle in Lidl car park to stop thieves

Published 03/12/2015

Mags O’Connor (67) from Ballyfermot jumped on the car bonnet to stop the thieves
Mags O’Connor (67) from Ballyfermot jumped on the car bonnet to stop the thieves

A plucky Dublin granny managed to foil two youths who tried to steal her car in a supermarket car park by throwing herself across the bonnet.

Margaret ‘Mags’ O’Connor (67), from Ballyfermot, had been shopping in her local Lidl last Saturday evening, and she left the keys in the ignition while she returned her trolley.

“As I walking back to the car, I saw it moving. Instinctively, I just ran right towards it and there were two lads in it.

“I don’t know which of us got the worst shock, because I just jumped in front of the car, and started screaming ‘Get out, Get out’.

“They  jammed on the brakes, and jumped out either side and ran. In a blink, they were gone,” said Mags.

Thankfully, they had been driving the vehicle very slowly, at the time.

The incident happened at around 4.45pm, so it wasn’t even that late in the day, according to Mags.

“I just want to make people aware. It wouldn’t even have taken me a full minute to go back. I was just gone a matter of seconds,” she said.

“A man came over to me. I don’t know who he was, and he said to me ‘ Are you all right’. He must have had a bottle of water in his car and a plastic cup because I remember I drank a cup of water,” she said.

The Good Samaritan asked her if she needed help going home, but Mags told him “not at all”.

“I just drove home, but as I got into the house, I think the realisation then only hit me,” she said.


Mags said her family were completely shocked when she told them what had happened.

This is the first time that such an incident has occurred, despite Mags’ long habit of  leaving the keys in the car when she returns the trolley to its bay.

However, she said that she won’t be doing that again.

“For sure, I will never leave my keys in the car for as long as I live,” said Mags, who has four children and six grandchildren.

She didn’t report it to the gardai, as her car wasn’t taken.

However, she wants to warn other people to be aware and not to leave their key in the car.

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