Judge Tom Teehan
By tipperary star reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @tippstar
Tension in Roscrea surrounding a feud between local families would appear to be easing, according to the Gardai.
The Garda comments were made during a case at Nenagh Circuit Court in which 11 men pleaded to taking part in a violent affray in the town in 2013.
During the row, four Gardai had to try and keep the families apart. As one group was corralled the other group would advance in an attempt to fight. The entire incident lasted almost one hour before control was regained.
A small axe, a pick axe handle, a hurley, iron bars and a three-foot long piece of piping with a metal top were produced during the disturbance. At one stage, timber pieces and briquettes were thrown over the Gardai's heads.
Units of the Garda Emergency Response Unit from Nenagh, Thurles, Clonmel and Birr had to be called in to deal with the situation.
However, Sgt Mark Kelly told Judge Tom Teehan lastThursday that the Marshalls and Hutchinsons, along with extended members of each family had since engaged with the Traveller Mediation Project in the Midlands and “peace is holding at the moment. The tension around the town continued for a long time, but it would appear to be getting better.”
He was “happy” that people could now pass on the street without incident.
“The tension had been palpable,” he said, and what ever was there now was being caused by others.
“All I want is peace in the town,” said Sgt Kelly, who wants the older members of the families to talk to the “wilder young ones”.
He told Judge Teehan that, at one stage, the families were very friendly. They had gone to school together and had inter-married.
Judge Teehan said he was concerned that there were “still tensions in the town”.
He praised the Gardai for their skill in dealing with the feud and ordered that the families go back into mediation. This time, they must pay for the service themselves.
The case was adjourned to April 2017.
Full report: page 12
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