Sunday 15 December 2019

Gardaí called as mass brawl breaks out after rugby game

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(Stock photo)
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Gardaí were called to a mass brawl in south Dublin following a rugby match between two fee-paying schools.

A number of punches and kicks were thrown during the nasty melee, which took place on the street outside Kiely's of Donnybrook, with some supporters donning jerseys of the two schools.

The incident, following the Leinster Schools Senior Cup clash between Terenure College and St Michael's College, happened shortly after 5pm yesterday.

Kiely's bar manager John O'Brien branded the incident a "disgrace". Mr O'Brien insisted that he had never seen such violence after any other rugby matches held in the area in his 30 years at the bar.

He said the row was wildly out of control, leading a member of staff to call gardaí, who are understood to have taken names of some of those allegedly involved. Some videos emerged on social media following the brawl.

Mr O'Brien said some of the punches connected with staff as they attempted to put a stop to it. "It's an absolute disgrace," Mr O'Brien said. "We tried to break it up. It was fairly serious out there at one stage. There was no respect."

A Garda spokesperson said officers were called to the scene of a disturbance outside Kiely's yesterday evening. Gardaí said they are not investigating.

St Michael's won the match 25-13.

Irish Independent

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