Two men in their 30s have been charged with attacking a 93-year-old woman who was knocked off her feet and pulled along the road after she collected her pension from a Cork post office.

Cork District Court today heard that the incident occurred on 9 November shortly after 4pm when the woman had collected her pension at St Luke's Post Office on the northside of the city.

It is understood that the two men grabbed the woman's handbag and dragged her along the street as she tried to hang on to it. They fled the scene with the bag which contained her pension, her phone and the keys to her house.

Damien Fitzgerald, aged 34, of Inniscarra Road, Fairhill, Cork, and Damien Long, aged 32, of no fixed abode, but formerly of Ardbhaile, Mayfield, Cork, were both charged with the robbery of the elderly woman at Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road.

Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan said he was objecting to bail arising out of the gravity of the charges and the strong nature of the evidence in the case.

Dt Sgt O'Sullivan also told Judge Olann Kelleher that he feared the men would abscond if they were released on bail. He told the court that the men were captured on CCTV at four different locations on the day of the offence.

The accused gave undertakings to the judge that they would appear in court to face their charges if granted bail in the case.

Both men had indicated that they were willing to obey stringent bail conditions including signing on at garda stations.

However, Judge Kelleher remanded the men in custody citing the seriousness of the charges.

The case was adjourned for DPP directions. The men will appear before the court by video link on 21 November.