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An 83-year-old man has been hailed a hero after he fended off robbers from a sports betting shop in County Cork in Ireland.

In the video, you can see three men wearing balaclavas entering the premises, two carrying hammers and one armed with a suspected firearm.

The great-grandfather responds by going over to one of them and tries to tackle him. After a struggle, the robber runs away and the man chases him with a chair at one point.

Another man, who appears to be a member of staff, is seen struggling with another robber with a hammer. He also then flees after a struggle.

Garda police confirmed the incident to Euronews, saying: “Gardaí in Mayfield, Cork are appealing to the public for assistance following an attempted robbery of a bookmakers shop at Crestfield, Glanmire on the 15/09/18."

“At approximately 6.30pm three males wearing balaclavas entered the premises, two carrying hammers and one armed with a suspected firearm.

“Following a struggle with staff they left empty-handed in a waiting black car. There was no shots fired during the incident.

“Detectives in Mayfield District investigating the incident are appealing to the public for information,” police spokesperson Seán Mac Seoin added.

'Hero' praised

On Twitter, the man in the video is being hailed a ‘superhero’ for fighting off the robbers.

Darren Halpin posted: “@BarOneRacing lads id say ye owe this aul hero a few free bets #Manimal.”

Another, James Garrigan, tweeted: “He’d have my vote for president anyway.”

Albert Llussa, simply posted: “Long live Denis O’Connor’”.