WHAT should have been a joyous weekend for a Tralee family turned to terror when four members of a local wedding party, including the bride, were subjected to an horrific, sustained and vicious assault at the hands of up to 15 drunken thugs from Limerick.
The distraught family, who have asked to remain anonymous to protect their safety, said the attack was like being savaged by lions.
Members of the wedding party were leaving a celebration gathering in The Greyhound Bar on Pembroke Street at around 11pm on Saturday night when they encountered a stag party from Moyross in Limerick who had earlier left the same premises.
Several men from the stag party charged across the street and launched a brutal assault, hitting their defenceless victims with glasses and bottles and repeatedly kicking and punching their victims in the head and body as they lay prone on the ground.
The bride was struck in the face with a bottle or glass and suffered a broken eyesocket, cheekbone and nose.
Her brother, sister and her sister's partner also suffered serious injuries in the unprovoked attack, as did a good samaritan who bravely stepped in to help.
An urgent call was issued from Tralee Garda Station summoning every available garda to deal with the violence and save the terrified family.
One member of the stag party was arrested and released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP and Gardaí say a number of serious charges will be filed in relation to the incident.