Monday 19 February 2018

Terrified GAA supporters have narrow escape after car driven at speed through crowds

Gardaí investigating reports of shots fired in estate

Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork. Picture: Google Maps
Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork. Picture: Google Maps
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Two men have been arrested after a car crashed having been driven at high speed through Cork suburbs packed with GAA supporters.

Miraculously, no-one was injured in the incident which occurred around 2pm close to Pairc Uí Rinn as Gardai responded to reports of residents hearing suspected gunshots in the Ballyphehane area.

Officers had attended the Ballyphehane area after a number of locals reported hearing a series of loud 'bangs' similar to shotgun blasts.

The noises were reported from the Noonan Road area. As a precautionary measure, the armed Garda Regional Support Unit was notified of the incident.

The vehicle was driven at speed through the Boreenmanna Road area before the driver appears to have lost control and crashed at high speed.

Major damage was caused to the vehicle. Minor damage was also caused to a Garda vehicle.

However, no one was injured.

Similarly, Gardai have no reports of property damage linked to gunshots.

The two occupants of the crashed vehicle were immediately arrested by gardaí under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

No firearm was recovered from the vehicle.

Gardai were last night checking along the route taken by the vehicle.

They have also asked for anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity in the Ballyphehane area to contact them.

GAA fans had watched in shock at the vehicle sped past roads adjacent to Pairc Uí Rinn.

The area was packed with thousands of GAA fans as Pairc Uí Rinn is the ground hosted two Cork Senior Hurling Championship matches between Erins Own and Midleton as well as Douglas and Glen Rovers.

All major Cork GAA matches are currently being staged at Pairc Uí Rinn while Pairc Uí Chaoimh is the focus of a €70m renovation programme.

The accident and the subsequent garda operation caused minor delays for GAA fans heading to the hurling double-header.

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