Calls for calm following violence in Limerick estate

David Hurley

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David Hurley

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THERE have been calls for calm in Moyross after a number of young men on horseback terrorised parts of the estate on Monday night.

THERE have been calls for calm in Moyross after a number of young men on horseback terrorised parts of the estate on Monday night.

The trouble, which has been described by some locals as a “mini riot” unfolded at around midnight when the men, who were armed with sticks and other weapons began riding around the estate.

At least one house and a car were damaged during the rampage and a number of bangers were also set off - to the annoyance of homeowners.

Thousands of euro worth of damage was caused when a number of windows and doors were smashed at Nessan’s Community College.

Principal Eugene O’Brien told Limerick’s Live 95FM the whole incident was very upsetting to staff and pupils.

“It was mindless vandalism. One individual came in and broke all the windows with a stick. The students are very distraught over it and they are saying it shouldn’t have been done and they really and truly can’t get over the fact that somebody would come in and do so much damage to their school because they take so much pride in their school,” he said adding that management at the school have taken measures to reassure parents and staff about security at the school.

While garda investigations are ongoing, one line of enquiry is that those responsible may have had horses seized at the weekend.

Limerick City Council has confirmed that 22 horses, which were being kept with a licence, were seized and taken to a pound in Cork following a pre-planned operation.

“The longer they keep impounding horses, the more it is going to be up in a heap. All the young fellas around here want is horses. All they want is their ponies,”said one local resident.

Meanwhile, Pat O’Halloran who owns a grocery store in Ballynanty is calling for calm on all sides.

“The trouble up there is uncalled for, it’s not good enough. I am asking the people up there is Moyross to please step back and listen. I ask every one of you to stop and to stop now because together we can sit down and we can come to a scenario where we can talk about the situation through Limerick City Council, through Limerick County Council or through An Garda Siochana,” he told Live 95FM.