A spokesperson for the gardai confirmed there was “one juvenile was arrested under the public order act”
LOCALS in a County Limerick town were left shocked as a group of around 20 teenagers caused havoc on the main street of the town last Saturday night.
The teenagers are believed to have gathered at a teenage disco in the town before they “took over” a number of local chippers.
One local resident described the event as “intimidating”.
“We were driving through the town when we came across them. It was madness, there was gang of about 20 of them running around causing wreck. They were blocking the road, fighting each other and roaring and shouting. It looked like one group were fighting with another. They kept coming together and clashing,” said the local who lives just outside the town.
“They came out of teen disco. The gardai were called and I saw three garda cars flying around town trying to catch them. They were very intimidating,” they added.
Another local resident was working in a chipper when the “mini-riot” occurred.
“They wouldn’t get out the chipper. They were driving us mad. Outside they were fighting and running between cars, it seemed like they were having great fun. It was like a miniature riot, the eejits,” they said.
“We were told they were thrown out of the disco for taking drugs. After that, they just went mad on the town. It is the same group that are always causing trouble, they have no fear of anyone,” they added.
Sinn Fein Councilor Seamus Brown said he was made aware of the incident from a number of concerned locals.
“There was definitely an incident, a large enough incident that I had a number of people calling me who were very concerned. It seems as though a number of the people involved are not from the town. They had come here for an event and caused trouble after,” said Cllr Brown.
“It’s deeply disturbing to see this sort of thing in the community. But, generally speaking this is rare. Abbeyfeale is a safe place to go out in at night,” he added.
A spokesperson for the gardai confirmed there was “one juvenile was arrested under the public order act” but denied that there was a large scale incident.