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Former Tir na Nog manager: Attack 'stole sense of security'

Posted January 29, 2016

— The former manager of Tir na Nog Irish pub was mugged near her downtown Raleigh home this week.

A police report indicates three men are suspected of assaulting Annie Britton-Nice, 59, Tuesday night and news of the attack has the Triangle community rallying around her.

Britton-Nice was still battered, bruised and shaken by the assault Friday evening.

“I think they hit me on the back of the head with something because there’s a huge lump,” she said. “Everything was knocked out of me. It was a total black-out shock. I didn’t know if I’d been hit by a car or what had happened.”

Britton-Nice said she had just returned home from a meeting when three men attacked her in a parking lot near her apartment. She said they took everything, including her debit card, phone, and family pictures and mementos of both of her deceased sons.

“I can see these three guys in front of me, but I still don’t know what was going on. It was just shock, pure shock,” said Britton-Nice.

Friends have set up a crowd-funding page to help pay for the medical expenses of Britton-Nice, who is well known in the Triangle for her years of charity work with the Irish community and as the manager of Tir na Nog.

She will need to wear a surgical neck brace for the next eight weeks and may require surgery due to injured ligaments from being dragged.

Britton-Nice said that she walked home from the pub, sometimes as late as midnight, without fear. She said the attack has stolen her sense of security.

“That is the thing I feel like they took away from me the other night. They took away that sense of security, that wee bit that was mine,” she said.

Britton-Nice left Tir na Nog when it closed late last year. She recently started her own event-planning company, Irish Mother Productions.

In addition to her work at Tir na Nog, Britton-Nice has served as an advocate for the local Irish community and has helped plan numerous events and fundraisers.

More than $12,000 had been raised for Britton-Nice's medical treatments as of Friday afternoon.

A fundraiser is planned Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hibernian on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. Gerry McCrudden will perform. A hat will be passed to collect donations for Britton-Nice.

Britton-Nice praised the family, friends, and strangers who have come to her aid since the attack.

“This city is amazing. This city has rallied and come around me and wrapped me in a blanket and carried me through this. I’m so grateful, so very, very grateful,” she said.


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  • Kyle Clarkson Feb 1, 2016
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    I may be missing something, but how would a concealed carry have helped her? It actually wold have made things worse. Now the muggers have a new gun.

  • John Snow Jan 30, 2016
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    Or you could just chill in your bunker and get take out.

  • Dan Kratzke Jan 30, 2016
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    Did it occur to you that she probably has thousands of dollars of out of pocket medical expenses, deductibles, lost wages, etc.? What difference does it make if she has insurance or not, Annie has devoted many years of her life raising thousands of dollars for various causes and persons in need throughout the community. Now the community is doing the same for her.

  • Jay Winfrey Jan 30, 2016
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    She recently lost her job due to the restaurant closing. She is taking responsibility by continuing on with her organizing events and shows for the community. I think the Go Fund Me page is there to help with, I don't know, the thousands of dollars most of us who pay for our own insurance must fork over DESPITE having health insurance which she, no doubt, responsibly pays for out of her own pocket. I donated because she is a fixture in the service industry of this town and we take care of each other. If you don't wish to donate, don't.

  • Marty L. Collins Jan 30, 2016
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    I hate this happened, but a go fund me page (Really)
    Did she not have medical insurance. I have to have it and am paying out the ying yang for it.
    It's time people became responsible.

  • Marley Higgins Jan 30, 2016
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    yep. raleigh needs a 10-yard rule. lawmakers, get on it!!

  • Roger Way Jan 30, 2016
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    “I can see these three guys in front of me, but I still don’t know what was going on. It was just shock, pure shock,” said Britton-Nice.
    Be aware of your surroundings. Face your attackers with firearm in a ready position. If they don't back of, do what you must to come through it unscathed.

  • Phil Wardlow Jan 30, 2016
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    How is a concealed pistol going to help you when someone sneaks up behind you and hits you on the head?

  • Mike Welsch Jan 30, 2016
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    Is there any reason why the article did NOT provide a description of the suspects - or am I NOT being politically correct?

  • cdurham Jan 29, 2016

    Praying for Annie's recovery. How terrible.
    I'm sure that Raleigh PD will be all over this.
    I have a feeling these criminals are going to seriously regret this and so they should.