Friday 30 September 2016

New assault claim after ‘brawl’ at Sligo GAA game that saw garda knocked unconscious

Robin Schiller

Published 09/09/2016 | 08:17

Det Gda Chris O’Neill (inset) was beaten unconscious as he attempted to protect a referee at Shamrock Gaels GAA pitch in Coola, Sligo (pictured)
Det Gda Chris O’Neill (inset) was beaten unconscious as he attempted to protect a referee at Shamrock Gaels GAA pitch in Coola, Sligo (pictured)

A GAA club has alleged that one of its members was assaulted in a scuffle that also saw an off-duty detective knocked unconscious.

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The incident happened at a Sligo A1 Minor Championship semi-final between Shamrock Gaels and Owenmore Gaels.

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Det Gda Chris O’Neill, a member of Shamrock Gaels  GAA club, moved in to help referee Joe Hynes after the match, but was allegedly knocked out during a melee.

Gardai have confirmed they are investigating an alleged assault that occurred at Coola, Sooey, Riverstown, Co Sligo,  at approximately 8.20pm last Friday.

“A man, early 40s, was injured when he was assaulted during an incident at the end of a football match.

“All of the circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation,” a spokesman said.

Owenmore Gaels GAA club has now said that one of its members has lodged a complaint to gardai in relation to the incident, saying that they were also assaulted.

“One of our members made a complaint to Collooney Garda Station over an assault last Friday at a minor GAA game,” a member of the club confirmed.

A number of allegations are being looked at by gardai investigating the incidents.

The complaint was made on the same day that the GAA club claimed reporting of the incident was “one-sided”.

“The club feels the need to comment on the story that is being broadcast around the country by the national and local media.

“We re-iterate our condemnation of the events that unfolded,” the statement said.

“However, the reporting of how the situation developed is generally one-sided and not a true reflection of events in our opinion.

“We cannot comment further at this time as we do not want to compromise the investigation by Sligo GAA and An Garda Siochana,” it added.

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