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Thursday 26 April 2018

Two Irish fans held after Temple Bar brawl between Ireland and England fans

Republic of Ireland v England. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland v England. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Ken Foy and Laura Larkin

A brawl between Irish and English football fans led to two Dubliners being arrested for public order offences on Sunday afternoon.

The fracas took place at Essex Gate in Temple Bar at about 4:20pm, following the lacklustre international friendly in the Aviva Stadium earlier in the day.

It's understood that the row involved 12 fans - six Irish and six English.

No English supporters were arrested after the melee.

Two men - one with an address in Clondalkin and the other in Finglas were arrested by gardai from Pearse Street Garda Station and are expected to be processed in the district court in the coming weeks.

The row was one of the more violent incidents that gardai had to deal with on what was a relatively calm weekend in the city centre.

There was a massive policing operation put in place ahead of the game - the two teams' first in Dublin since English fans rioted in Lansdowne Road in 1995.

The boys in green had been leading that match when it had to be abandoned as thugs threw missiles form the stands.

Gardai said that there were a "few other flare ups" last weekend.

In the Essex Gate incident it is thought that one group of fans came from Christ Church direction, and the other came from within Temple Bar before they clashed.

The incident was said to have been quickly stopped by gardai.

A woman who witnessed some of the fight said that a crowd gathered to watch but that several squad cars responded speedily to the incident.

A doorman who works in the Temple Bar area described the night as one he'd rather forget.

"We had a terrible time on the door," he told the Herald.

"Sunday was a day that I'd rather forget. We had no trouble thank God, but there was just a lot of aggro on the door - for nothing, just over a football game - but then people had been drinking all day," he said.

"The gardai put the clampers on, fair play to them. It was great because they cracked down on the trouble-makers."

"They had patrols up and down the street all night checking in with us," he added.

Sunday's game passed off without any major incident.

There was a total of six public order units, each consisting of 18 officers, on standby over the two days.

(The Herald)

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