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Monday 16 September 2019

Several people injured, including one seriously, after man drove into crowd at grave blessing ceremony

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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Gardai and the emergency services have responded to an incident in Dundalk where a man drove into a crowd at a grave blessing ceremony, seriously injuring one person and leaving others with minor injuries.

The incident happened at around 3.40pm at St. Patricks Cemetery, Dowdallshill in the Co Louth town.

It is believed a large crowd had gathered at the ceremony when a man drove directly into the crowd.

One man was seriously injured. He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Others received minor injuries in the incident.

One man, aged in his late twenties, has been arrested at the scene and is being questioned by gardai.

Gardaí report that it is understood from initial investigations that a "dark-coloured car drove at a number of persons in the cemetery who were attending the annual blessing of the graves event".

"The offending car then drove out of the cemetery onto the public road and collided with a number of parked cars before coming to a stop," they added.

"A man in his late 20s, believed to the driver was arrested at the scene.

Investigating Gardaí at Dundalk are appealing for witnesses to contact then at Dundalk Garda Station, we are particularly appealing for any person with video footage to contact the incident room.

Dundalk Garda Station can be contacted on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

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