Five men hospitalised as feud erupts into bar brawl
AS Steve Collins's family left the country, Limerick city's feuding gangs fought openly in a pub where they were attending separate confirmation and birthday parties, writes Barry Duggan.
Five men were hospitalised after a fight broke out in Riddler's bar in Limerick city in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Members of the notorious McCarthy-Dundon outfit fought with opposing criminals from the northside of the city as gang members realised they were both inside the same premises yesterday.
Those invited to a 21st birthday party were in an upstairs function area of the pub while people celebrating a confirmation had gathered in the downstairs bar area.
It is understood that neither side knew in advance that their rival criminals would also be present in the pub.
"It was like trying to mix oil with water. It just doesn't happen," a source said.
Fighting broke out around 2am at the busy pub on Sarsfield Street as some innocent customers attempted to take cover from the chaotic scenes.
Officers from nearby Henry Street garda station raced to the scene and after restoring order, seven men were arrested.
However, some of those arrested had to be brought to hospital because of the nature of their injuries. In all five men were brought to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
One criminal -- who is a senior McCarthy-Dundon gang member -- received up to seven stab wounds from a screwdriver. An associate of his had his ear cut.
Two opposing criminals from the Kileely area of the city also received injuries.
All five men were continuing to be treated by medical staff at the hospital yesterday. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
Gardai are continuing to investigate the incident.