Four arrests over attack on bride

Simon Brouder

Gardaí have arrested and questioned four Limerick men in connection with a vicious, unprovoked and sustained gang attack on a bride and her wedding party in Tralee in July.

On Saturday, July 13 last, a Tralee family were leaving the Greyhound Bar on Pembroke Street, having attended a post wedding party, when they were set upon and brutally attacked by a gang of up to 15 men who were later identified as being members of a stag party.

In the course of the attack the victims, including the newly married bride, were hit with glasses and bottles and repeatedly kicked and punched on the ground. The bride had her eyesocket, cheek and nose broken in the attack, and three other victims were all hospitalised after the assault.

In the wake of the attack the shaken family asked to remain anonymous as they feared reprisals at the hands of the thugs who assaulted them.

The attack prompted a massive public response and a lengthy investigation by gardaí which resulted in four arrests last week. On Thursday Gardaí from Tralee travelled to Limerick where, with the aid of local gardaí who have been helping them in their investigation, they arrested four men in connection with the assault.

The four, three men aged in their 20s and another man aged in his 60s are all from Limerick City. They were arrested at their homes on Thursday morning and taken to Henry Street Garda Station where they were questioned and held overnight under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act .

All four were released without charge on Friday morning and a file on the case has been forwarded to the DPP.

A fifth man who is believed to have been involved in the attack was arrested on the night of the incident and released without charge the following day.

A file on his case has also been sent to the DPP.