Priest speaks out to defend parish after topless brawl in Limerick village

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Popular Doon parish priest, Fr Tony Ryan said it was an 'appalling incident'
A PRIEST has spoken out to defend his parish after a topless brawl in Doon made national headlines.

A PRIEST has spoken out to defend his parish after a topless brawl in Doon made national headlines.

The story, which appeared first in last week’s Limerick Leader, reported that two women were arrested after the incident at 9.15am on a Friday morning.

Fr Tony Ryan, Doon parish priest, said the entire community is appalled at what took place on Monastery Road and the adverse publicity surrounding it.

He said everyone in the locality is united in “anger and sadness and grief”.

“Please God this is once-off publicity,” said Fr Ryan, after he was contacted by the Limerick Leader.

One eye witness said the women were “down on the ground on top of each other”.

“Biting, scratching, pulling hair, kicking, everything, you name it. The next thing the tops were pulled off each other and then a bra went flying through the air.

“You would think that this would have stopped them – but not a bit of it, they kept at it,” said the witness last week.

Fr Ryan said it was an appalling incident which could have led to serious injuries as well as causing a lot of grief and sadness.

In spite of losing its garda station, its library and its bank in recent times, Doon is making tremendous progress said Fr Ryan.

“Our new secondary school is scheduled to open in February 2014 with state-of-the-art accommodation for over 800 students. Our community centre has been recently refurbished and a lot of money was raised locally.

“Our GAA club have achieved excellent results and are already in the quarter-finals of the senior championship. At all levels the GAA club is going well and we are shortly to host the Westmeath champions in Feile Na nGael.

“The camogie club, like so many other local organisations, is flourishing presently and we are looking forward to the Gathering in September in conjunction with the annual vintage festival,” said Fr Ryan, who has been the parish priest in Doon since 2004.

The story has remained the number one viewed story on the Limerick Leader website since it was put on-line last week.

Gardai were quickly on the scene after the fight.

Two women and one man have been arrested and questioned with files being sent to the DPP.