Women charged over mass brawl in Limerick estate

Six women have been charged following a brawl at the junction of Lenihan Avenue and Byrne Avenue

Six women have been charged following a brawl at the junction of Lenihan Avenue and Byrne Avenue


SIX women were granted bail after they were charged in connection with a mass brawl in a residential area of the city which erupted in the middle of the day.

The six, who range in age from 21 to 52 are each accused of committing violent disorder at Byrne Avenue, Prospect on June 11, last.

Dozens of people, including women and young children witnessed the violent incident, which is alleged to have happened at around 12.30 in the afternoon.

The defendants are Caroline Shannon, aged 47, of Lenihan Avenue; her sister Deirdre Clohessy, aged 43, of Lenihan Avenue; her daughter, Teresa O’Neill, aged 28, of Lenihan Avenue, Elaine Casey, aged 52, of Hyde Road, her daughters Amanda Casey, aged 27, of Byrne Avenue and Leanne Casey, aged 22,of Hyde Road.

Leanne Casey is also charged with using a metal poker stand as a weapon during the incident, which the court heard was witnessed by gardai.

Limerick Court was told the brawl erupted a short time after Teresa O’Neill was attacked on Lenihan Avenue and that when gardai arrived they had to physically separate the six defendants.

It is alleged the incident is connected to a feud which has erupted between two factions in the Prospect area in recent months, which gardai believe has escalated “out of control”.

A number of other incidents are also under investigation.

During a contested bail application it was alleged that Leanne Casey and Teresa O’Neill were the main instigators of the brawl, which lasted for several minutes before gardai arrived.

All six defendants were granted bail by Judge Eugene O’Kelly subject to strict conditions.

They were ordered not to have contact with members of the opposing faction and to sign on daily at Roxboro Road garda station.

Four of the six were also ordered to obey a curfew.

Directions are being sought from the DPP and the six defendants are due to appear in court again on separate dates next month.


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