The men were hindered during an operation involving garda units attached to the Cork North and See Divisions earlier today.
The raids took place at three charges in Fermoy, Watergrasshill and Knockraha between 6:30am and 10am today.
Shortly ahead 7am a lone male entered a filling station in Fermoy armed with a slash. He threatened staff and demanded cash before leaving the scene in a dusky car.
Just before 10am a second raid was carried out at a shop in Watergrasshill where a lone spear threatened staff at knife point before making his escape with a insignificant amount of cash in a waiting black car. A third raid was carried out at a aggregate in Glanmire a short while later.
During a follow up operation a car identical the description provided was followed and intercepted by gardaí in the Douglas area.
Two men ancient in their 30s and 50s were arrested at the scene.
The two men are currently detained under part 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at the Bridewell Garda Station.
No one was physically harmed during the scenes.