Golf star Rory McIlroy was expected to marry his sweetheart Erica Stoll in an Irish castle on Saturday. Security was tight as helicopters and blacked out cars brought guests to the ceremony at Ashford Castle in Co Mayo, Republic of Ireland. A steady stream of locals who wandered up to the gates were kept at bay by guards. The four-time major winner’s representatives said his wedding was private and anti-drone experts were even brought in alongside boat-based security teams to patrol the waters of Lough Corrib.
Image: Security was tight outside Ashford Castle in Co Mayo
Celebrations include a fireworks display and musical entertainment from Stevie Wonder, who created a buzz in the city of Galway when he popped into a few shops on Friday, according to reports. The guest list is said to include One Direction singer Niall Horan, recent US Masters winner Sergio Garcia and Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer and Paul McGinley, racehorse owner JP McManus and possibly singer Ed Sheeran.
McIlroy, 27, is from Holywood in Co Down in Northern Ireland and met New Yorker Ms Stoll, 29, when she worked for the US PGA and was living in Florida.
The 350-acre Ashford Castle estate can be rented for around 84,000 a day at this time of year and has already been in use by the wedding team for several days.
HOOPS OF STEEL
The Scottish champions are holding urgent talks with police, Foreign Office officials and UEFA following the coach blast
CELTIC are in talks with police forces at home and abroad after they launched an urgent review of security after the Borussia Dortmund team bus blast. The Champions League-bound club is holding urgent talks with police, Foreign Office officials and UEFA in the wake of the terror attack on the German football giant.
The bomb blast hit the team bus as it made its way to a Champions League match and the Glasgow club has vowed to keep fans and players safe. They have made the moves amid fears footballers have become a target.
A letter left at the scene of Tuesday s crime scene warned crusader sports idols and celebs are now on a death list. Clubs across Europe are on high alert after the triple bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund s team bus on Tuesday evening.1
BRAWL IS FORGIVEN
CITY CENTRE BLOODBATH
SCOTTISH SUN SAYS
‘I m disgusted’
‘THEY WERE HYSTERICAL’
STAB DEATH AN ACCIDENT
‘I can’t unsee it’
Celtic head of security Ronnie Hawthorn said: The safety and security of our players, staff and fans is our highest priority.
The club is aware of this week s events in Europe and we are liaising closely with Police Scotland on security matters for home fixtures and foreign police forces as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for future away fixtures.
We are also closely liaising with UEFA on these matters . UEFA risk assess each match individually and act accordingly. The SPFL has also said it is aware of the need for clubs to remains vigilant and said they will stay in close contact with Police Scotland.
Police escort Dortmund team coach
A spokesman added: Whilst Scottish football has been free from such incidents, we continue to encourage clubs to give due consideration to reprehensible events like those we saw this week.
Clubs are aware of the need to remain vigilant regarding these activities and to work closely with Police Scotland on player and fan security as a key priority. It has already been revealed Manchester United players will have unprecedented protection for their Eu r opa League quarterfinal clash with Anderlecht in Brussels. Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins also moved to reassure.
He said: Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe and we regularly review policing plans around major events, including sporting fixtures.
We frequently liaise with the Scottish Football Association and clubs to address concerns on a local or national basis.
There is absolutely no intelligence or assessment to suggest Scotland is going to be the target of a terrorist attack, be that at a sporting event or otherwise.
However, there is also no room for complacency and that is why our plans are under constant review.
I would urge the public to remain alert and report any concerns or suspicious activity to the police. Armed police will shadow Manchester United s team bus on Brussels streets2 supported by snipers and helicopters.
Cops surround coach
Security services launched the major operation to protect the Red Devils as they flew into the Belgian capital following the bomb attack in Germany on Tuesday. Dortmund s Marc Bartra, 26, was injured by glass and shrapnel in the assault, which saw the game with Monaco rearranged for last night.
Anti-terror investigators were yesterday hunting a car with Belgian registration plates seen near the German team s hotel before the pipe bomb blasts set off by remote control.
Cops have arrested a 25-year-old from Wuppertal not far from Dortmund and the second suspect is a German, 28, from Froenderburg, near Unna, also in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
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A Dulcote2 man who threw several fireworks, hitting a quarry security guard with one, and then attacked his van before stabbing him on the finger with a metal centre punch has been given a conditional discharge by magistrates. Christopher Randle had been drinking when he launched the attack claiming he was fed up with workers from the quarry constantly tooting their horns as they drove past his caravan. The victim was shocked when he heard the first firework going over the top of his van, and when he got out to see what was happening a second one was set off and hit him on the right side of his body.
When the defendant later returned holding a metal object he hit out with it, connecting with the security guard’s hand causing an injury to his finger.
Randle, 50, of Bishops Park Way, pleaded guilty to assaulting Gavin Molloy by beating him and causing damage to his Iphone at Dulcote on March 13 when he appeared before the court5 at Yeovil6. Emma Lenanton, prosecuting, said that Mr Molloy was working as a security guard at a quarry near Wells when he was approached by Randle at the main gate and a verbal disagreement took place between them. “A short time later the victim was sat in his van when he saw a firework go over the top of his vehicle so he got out and saw Randle stood in the direction it had come from,” she said.
“A second firework was set off which hit Mr Molloy on the right hand side of his body but no injury was caused, and it then hit the back of his van so he got back inside and locked the door. “Randle walked towards the door and tried to open it and then started kicking and banging the window before walking away.” The defendant then returned and went back to the driver’s door and the victim could see he had a metal object in his hand and he started to hit the window with it.
Mr Molloy called his manager who rang the police and he then got out of the van and could see Randle still had the object.
He had his Iphone in his hand and the defendant then hit out with the centre punch, connecting with the victim’s hand and finger and causing his phone to be knocked onto the ground cracking the screen. The victim’s manager arrived at the scene and assisted him in restraining Randle, removing the metal object, and the police then arrived and arrested him. During interview the defendant said he had taken co-codamol and drunk around eight pints of cider and was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
“He said it did it just for fun and told the police he was simply trying to wind the security guard up,” added Miss Lenanton. In a statement made by Mr Molloy he said that his finger was still sore a few days after the incident and he had to pay 150 for a new screen for his Iphone. Randle told the court that he had got a bit drunk and the offence was just “stupidity”.
He said: “The security guards had been tooting their horns at me on a previous occasion and I was just too drunk and got stupid and wound him up to have a bit of fun, however I understand it’s serious,” he said.
“I want to apologise as I was being very silly and it is all a bit vague as I have a bit of an alcohol problem. “I live in a caravan round the corner from the quarry and three cars have been tooting their horns at me and were winding me up, so I wound them up after finding a few fireworks I had left over from Christmas.” The magistrates imposed a six month conditional discharge on Randle and ordered him to pay 150 compensation to Mr Molloy for the damage to his phone along with 85 costs and an 85 victim surcharge.
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