Feud fears after night of violence

Gardai protect house overnight after 'mini-riot' in Tralee square

Simon Brouder

There are fears of a new feud in Tralee following a night of violent scenes in the town centre last week.

This disturbances began in the Town Square area at around 11.15pm on Thursday, September 28 when a violent row broke two a group of Irish men and a number of Eastern European nationals.

The row quickly escalated with a number of other men and women joining both sides of the fracas.

Witnesses to the violence - which one onlooker described as a 'mini riot' - said a number of the men involved were armed with implements including knives and golf clubs.

One witness told The Kerryman that at its height the mass brawl involved around 20 people and that several children were present.

It was also reported that one man received knife wounds in the course of the incident.

Several calls were made to Gardaí who arrived on the scene quickly and in large numbers - making their way into the Square from several directions - to try and calm the situation.

Though the Gardaí were there in force it still took some time before the two groups could be successfully separated and the violence brought to an end.

Gardaí maintained a visible presence in the Square until shortly before noon on Friday.

Garda protection was also provided to the residents of a property located close to the Square throughout the night.

A Garda spokesman said that gardaí responded to a public order incident in the Square and remained there "for a number of hours". No criminal complaint has been made by any victim of the violence and no injuries were reported to gardaí.

No arrests have been made.

A Garda source said the sudden outbreak of violence follows rising tensions between a Kerry family and a group of Eastern Europeans who have been living in the Tralee area for several years.


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