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Six brothers told not to enter counties Clare or Mayo after funeral assault charge

Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30

Patrick McDonagh. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Patrick McDonagh. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Eoin, Martin and Thomas McDonagh leaving Castlebar District Court. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
Johnny McDonagh. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Six brothers have been ordered to stay out of Mayo and Clare after they appeared in court in connection with an alleged assault at a funeral.

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The six men, with addresses in Co Donegal, were arrested in Ballyhaunis Co Mayo yesterday after an incident linked to a funeral in the Mayo town on Monday.

They have been ordered not to enter Co Clare or Co Mayo until their next court hearing.

Thomas McDonagh (29), Michael and Johnny McDonagh, both aged 24, Patrick McDonagh (22), Eoin McDonagh (20) and Martin McDonagh (30); all with an address of The Big Isle, Manorcunningham, Co Donegal, were held at Castlebar and Claremorris garda stations on Monday night.

Charges

All six appeared at Castlebar District Court yesterday where they each faced a single charge of assault causing harm at Abbey Quarter in Ballyhaunis on Monday, May 16.

Johnny McDonagh. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.
Johnny McDonagh. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

The court was told that further charges may follow.

Judge Mary Devins granted the brothers' bail subject to a number of conditions.

The six brothers were ordered to stay out of Co Mayo and Co Clare.

They were also ordered to surrender their passports, follow curfews and pay a bond of €500 each.

Eoin, Martin and Thomas McDonagh leaving Castlebar District Court. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
Eoin, Martin and Thomas McDonagh leaving Castlebar District Court. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Each of the defendants also gave an undertaking not to contact any witnesses that may be involved in the case.

Inspector Tom Calvey told the court more charges are likely to be preferred against the defendants.

All six brothers had their applications for free legal aid deferred.

The alleged incident occurred on the way to the funeral of Traveller Martin 'Red Breast' McDonagh in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.

The case will return before the courts in July.

Irish Independent

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