Onlookers throw rocks and eggs at newlyweds
Published 17/08/2010 | 05:00
GARDAI were forced to police a wedding at the weekend after onlookers began to throw rocks and eggs at the newlyweds.
Tensions ran high in Limerick city at the wedding last Saturday when dozens of onlookers gathered outside the church to shout abuse at the groom.
Witnesses reported that up to 40 gardai were present at the wedding in St Mary's Church of Willie Moran Snr, originally of St Senan's Street in St Mary's Park, to Margaret Hogan.
A garda escort also led the wedding party from the church.
Gardai confirmed they increased their presence after crowds began to form outside the church where "tensions had escalated", but denied 40 members of the force were required.
A man in his 30s was charged under the Public Order Act for throwing an object at a garda outside the church and is expected to appear before Limerick District Court this week.
Some onlookers were reported to have hurled abuse and stones at the wedding carriage.
Willie Moran, who is now his mid-40s, was charged with the murder of 22-year-old Jonathan Edwards, of Abbeyvale, Corbally, in August 2001 -- but the charges were dropped.
In April, Kieran Collopy (34) of St Ita's Street, St Mary's Park, Limerick, and his brother Damian (20) of the same address were charged with threatening to kill Willie Moran.