Sunday 4 December 2016

'All I could see was blood everywhere, it was horrible', reveals mum who had to flee to room with son (3)

Ryan Nugent

Published 08/02/2016 | 11:55

Members of the Gardai following the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34), (from Raleigh Square, Crumlin) at the Regency Hotel, Dublin
Members of the Gardai following the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34), (from Raleigh Square, Crumlin) at the Regency Hotel, Dublin

A mum who was caught up in Friday’s gangland shooting at the Regency Hotel has spoken of how she had to run to her room with her three-year old to flee the gunfire.

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The woman, who doesn’t wish to be named, was about to leave the hotel with her son, when she heard a loud bang from downstairs.

Having initially thought nothing of it, she got in the lift and went down.

“I opened my window but I didn’t see anybody, so I began heading downstairs, but as I was going down I could hear loads of screaming,” she said.

“I saw the guns and they were being pointed at everyone. My son said to me ‘Mam, what’s that?’. I just grabbed him and went back to my room.”

The woman has been staying in the hotel temporarily and told the Herald that she’s terrified.

“When I was able to walk out eventually, all I could see was blood everywhere, it was horrible to look at. I went to my mam’s house and stayed there for the night,” she added.

Some 40 homeless families were staying at the hotel at the time, while a number of Dublin City Council staff work on the site to assist the families. Psychological support is being provided for all families at the hotel.

Fright

A day out to Dublin Zoo was also arranged in an attempt to calm the families. Local councillor Paul McAuliffe told the Herald that anything was worth trying in an attempt to get the children’s minds off Friday’s events.

He said that one family were coming from a school run, when they arrived back to the chaotic scenes.

Rugby fan Melda Donoghue, who travelled over from London for the Ireland against Wales match, told the Herald that the Regency Hotel transferred her and her husband on Friday night.

“Of course it was a big shock, but the hotel was very good,” she said.

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