Bus carrying Limerick FC fans attacked in Sligo

Daniel Tighe

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Daniel Tighe

Limerick FC boss Stuart Taylor: "sad that these things still happen in football". Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
A BUS carrying Limerick FC supporters came under attack from a hail of missiles, when leaving the Showgrounds in Sligo, following an Airtricity Premier Division match on Saturday night.

A BUS carrying Limerick FC supporters came under attack from a hail of missiles, when leaving the Showgrounds in Sligo, following an Airtricity Premier Division match on Saturday night.

One supporter received a cut to his hand, when one of the rocks thrown shattered the windows of the bus. Limerick FC fan Andrew Cunneen was aboard the bus when the incident took place.

“We were coming up towards a roundabout when we heard a clatter and we looked over and there were two or three lads firing rocks. The first one hit the bus and rebounded back onto the road. The second one went through the window and smashed the window on the other side of the bus as well, so it was thrown with considerable force,” said Mr Cunneen of the attack.

In freezing temperatures the fans were left waiting over two hours for a replacement bus to travel up from Limerick. The damaged bus brought the fans as far as Tuam, before they were transferred to the replacement bus to continue their journey to Limerick.

It was 4am before many of the fans reached the warmth of home.

Limerick FC manager Stuart Taylor condemned the attack, stating: “It’s sad to hear; the health and safety of people is the most important thing in life. Mick Murphy, our security man, got the gardai involved and they were on the scene straight away for the supporters. We had to get a police escort out ourselves. It’s sad that these things still happen in football.”