Gardai have launched an investigation following an attempted armed robbery at a Laois post office.
The incident occurred in Mountmellick at around 10am this morning.
Witnesses reported that a man, armed with a firearm, entered the premises this morning.
He made threats to staff and demanded cash in what was a terrifying ordeal.
However, the man subsequently fled the scene empty handed and thankfully nobody was injured.
An eye witness said: “It was absolutely terrifying and it all happened very fast.
“Thankfully nobody was hurt but everyone has been left very shaken by the incident.”
Gardai say that no arrests have been made and that investigations are ongoing.
They are urging anyone with information to come forward.