Tuesday 20 February 2018

Two arrested as gardai break up Traveller brawl at top hotel

GARDAI were called to a plush four-star hotel after a brawl erupted amongst a group of Travellers on the premises.

Gardai rushed to the scene after receiving a call to say a number of men and women had begun fighting in the hotel, at around 2am on Sunday.

The incident happened in the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in north Co Dublin.

Extra squad cars arrived from the north division to break up the row, and a man and woman were arrested.

The 30-year-old man and 31-year-old woman are due to appear in Swords District Court on November 2 on public order offences.

No one was available from the hotel last night to comment.

It is understood that no weapons were seized and no one was seriously hurt in the incident.

The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links -- not to be confused with Portmarnock Golf Club -- was a luxurious 19th century home owned by the Jameson whiskey dynasty.

It was bought by the owners of Capel Developments in 2005 after stiff competition for the premises from rival developer Gerry Gannon, as well as Treasury Holdings.

The original guide price for the hotel was around €35m, but it was sold for up to twice that.

The Links Portmarnock is a championship course designed by Bernhard Langer, and opened for play in 1995.

It has hosted many top-class amateur and professional events including the 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open.

Irish Independent

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