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Friday 23 February 2018

Thirteen arrested after brawl in south Dublin restaurant

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Cathal mcMahon and Gavin White

Gardaí have arrested 13 people after a large fight broke out among customers at a restaurant in south Dublin early yesterday morning.

Emergency services from across Dublin were called to the incident at Flash Harry's on Temple Road in Blackrock at approximately 1.30am.

Flash Harry's is a part of the Eddie Rocket's chain of restaurants and was opened in 2015.

An 18th birthday party was taking place in the venue and it is understood that a fight broke out amongst customers.

The Garda public order unit attended the scene and quickly brought the situation under control.

No injuries were reported to gardaí.

A spokesman confirmed that gardaí arrested 13 people "following a public order incident" at the restaurant.

The suspects were detained at Blackrock, Dundrum, and Dún Laoghaire Garda Stations and later released without charge.

A file will be prepared for the DPP.

It is understood that the incident occurred after 1am as the restaurant and bar was closing up for the night.

A manager at the restaurant and bar, who did not wish to be named, said nobody had been injured during the altercation.

The representative also said that there had been no damage to the property.

They said it was "unclear" what started the massive brawl but that it had been resolved quickly by gardaí.

A spokesperson for the restaurant group said: "We are grateful to gardaí for their swift and effective response and helping to bring the situation under control."

Stephen Barr, a manager at the neighbouring bar Three Tun Tavern, said they, like most businesses, were closed as the incident took place.

"Gardaí have visited us looking for CCTV footage and not many know how it all came about," he said.

"All we know is that it would have happened after we closed.

"We stop serving around 11.30pm so when we were leaving nothing had happened yet," he told the Irish Independent.

Mr Barr said it was unusual for such an event to happen in the area.

"Everywhere would be closed at that time so it's a weird one to happen around here for sure," he said.

Gardaí are currently undertaking an investigation to uncover what led to the incident taking place.

Irish Independent

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